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BSc Hons Chemistry


Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Chemistry
UCAS Code: F100 Duration/Length: 3 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Chemistry Director of Studies: Dr MP Coogan
Total Credit Points: 360 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Delivered by the recently established Department of Chemistry, students will gain an advanced understanding of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry over the course of their programme of study.
     
    In the first year, in addition to chemistry content, students will develop Maths and other transferable skills to support their studies.
     
    In the second year, the degree programme will further expand the core subjects of Physical, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry and also include courses on Spectroscopy, Bioactive Molecules and other optional chemistry modules.
     
    The course will contain research training which will enable students to complete a substantial project.
     
    In the third year, students will be supported in producing a research project that matches their interests and will be offered course options that place their knowledge in a real world context, selecting from other branches of Chemistry including biochemical, polymer and environmental topics.

    Across the full programme, students will undertake at least 300 timetabled hours of laboratory based practical work in chemistry, in addition to the substantial project. The laboratory based work may include computation, case studies and investigation. Laboratory work will involve synthetic and measurement techniques.

    In summary, the programme will ensure that graduating students:
    are fully conversant with major aspects of chemical terminology;
    can demonstrate a systematic understanding of fundamental physicochemical
    principles with the ability to apply that knowledge to the solution of theoretical and practical problems;
    have gained knowledge of a range of inorganic and organic materials;
    can evidence their understanding of general synthetic pathways, including related isolation, purification and characterisation techniques;
    have developed an awareness of issues within chemistry that overlap with related disciplines;
     
    have developed a systematic and broad understanding of key chemical concepts;
    can demonstrate in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of a substantial area of chemistry, and are suitably prepared for contemporary professional practice in the chemical sciences or for further study at doctoral level.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
     
    the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts,
    concepts, principles and theories relating to the areas of chemistry being studied
    the ability to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of
    qualitative and quantitative problems
    the ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution
    skills in the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of chemical information and data
    skills in communicating scientific material and arguments
    information technology (IT) and data-processing skills, relating to chemical
    information and data
    the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar chemical problems
    Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    Chemistry Skills:
    skills in the safe-handling of chemical materials, taking into account their physical and chemical properties including any specific hazards associated with their use and the ability to conduct risk assessments (COSHH)
    skills required for the conduct of documented laboratory procedures involved in synthetic and analytical work, in relation to both inorganic and organic systems
    skills in the monitoring, by observation and measurement, of chemical properties, events or changes, and the systematic and reliable recording and documentation thereof skills in the operation of standard chemical instrumentation
    the ability to interpret and explain the limits of accuracy of their own experimental data in terms of significance and underlying theory
    the ability to select appropriate techniques and procedures
    competence in the planning, design and execution of chemistry experiments
    skills required to work independently and be self-critical in the evaluation of risks, experimental procedures and outcomes
    the ability to use an understanding of the limits of accuracy of experimental data to inform the planning of future work

    Generic Skills:
    communication skills, covering both written and oral communication
    problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
    numeracy and mathematical skills, including such aspects as error analysis order-of-magnitude estimations, correct use of units and modes of data presentation
    information retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including information retrieval through online computer searches
    a range of IT skills
    interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team working
    time management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan
    and implement efficient and effective modes of working
    skills needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional nature
    problem-solving skills including the demonstration of self-direction and originality
    the ability to communicate and interact with professionals from other disciplines
    the ability to exercise initiative and personal responsibility
    the ability to make decisions in complex and unpredictable situations
    the ability to assimilate, evaluate and present research results objectively
    skills required to undertake a research project.

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