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UDCHEMST - BSc Chemistry

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Human Sciences
Subject Area Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Part-time 4 YEARS  
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The Chemistry pathway is intended to integrate the fundamentals of chemistry and the biological sciences to produce graduates with the ability to design and use molecules to accomplish specific diagnostic and curative tasks, to develop materials for industrial and biomedical uses and to develop analytical strategies for measuring appropriate parameters for a wide range of applications in the characterisation of individual molecules and of complex systems. The material will be delivered by a range of mechanisms designed to allow the student to maximise the use of their preferred learning style (traditional lecture/tutorial sessions, guided independent learning, use of IT-based material such as VLOs, peer-assisted sessions).

Utilisation of the University’s VLE, WebLearn has become an invaluable tool with which to disseminate information and to support and assess student learning. Online progress tests will be used to provide students with feedback on their progress. Exams in several modules are delivered as online exams.

Feedback will be delivered online and through provision of tutorial questions and answer sessions and other formative exercises.

Practical skills exercises at each level are used to monitor proficiency at experimental work. Assessment of Data handling skills are embedded in practical reports, problem solving exercises, information abstracting and reviewing exercises, poster presentations and seminar presentations.

The level 6 Research Project provides the ultimate measure of experimental and other practical skills. The excellent Science Centre also provides an unrivalled facility in which to carry out the level 6 Research Project module. BSc project assessment will culminate in the presentation of a dissertation and a viva exam, designed to allow the student to demonstrate their depth of knowledge and understanding.

Students have access to the Learning Centre situated on the North campus. This has recently been comprehensively refurbished. It provides specific group study areas as well as access to a comprehensive and regularly reviewed range of textbooks, journals and online learning resources. In addition, there are newly fitted ‘all access’ areas on the ground floor of the Tower building and the green lounge in Benwell Road. These areas come with comfortable seating and IT facilities.

Course aims

As a science course, one of the principal aims is to improve the students’ understanding of the underlying theoretical constructs underpinning modern chemical innovation. The course also aims to explore the influence of molecular structure on the properties of materials. Students will also develop an awareness of the mechanisms involved in chemical reactions. Apart from theoretical considerations, the course aims to enhance the intellectual and practical skills necessary for the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of chemical data in order to produce a competent and employable laboratory-based scientist. More generally, the course aims to develop an awareness of the ethical implications of modern scientific work and develop skills of self-evaluation and analysis to enhance career development.

Course learning outcomes

On the BSc Chemistry, the QAA outcomes for Chemistry have been referred to generate the generic area(s) for each specific outcome.

The learning outcomes for the BSc Chemistry course are as follows:

By the end of the course the student is expected to have developed:

  1. a knowledge and understanding of the physical and chemical properties of elements and compounds and the ability to analyse critically how they react and interact on a molecular basis;
  2. a knowledge and understanding of analytical techniques and the ability to apply these techniques in the determination of the structure of a compound and/or the composition of a specified sample;
  3. the practical skills necessary to safely carry out experiments such as might be required of a competent professional chemist viz the ability to devise and carry out reactions to synthesise specified compounds and to identify and perform the analytical measurements needed to characterise multi-component systems;
  4. the analytical skills to interpret results obtained from experimental work and draw appropriate conclusions as to requirements for future work;
  5. an understanding of the application of mathematical systems to model the behaviour of chemical systems and the ability to employ these to solve specific problems.
  6. a knowledge and understanding of the diverse modern industrial applications of chemistry and of the role of the chemist in Industry.
  7. the ability to analyse different situations and devise approaches to solving problems showing a high level of understanding and reasoning and providing their own interpretation of information;
  8. the analytical skills to provide a realistic assessment of their own level of achievement and devise strategies for ensure their personal development is fitted to their career goals.
  9. the ability to communicate a subject clearly and accurately orally, and in a variety of forms of written English;
  10. employ a full range of investigative skills which can be applied to any set task; use analytical and reviewing skills in order to produce accurate summaries based on a body of literature.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

- A knowledge and understanding of the physical and chemical properties of elements andcompounds and the ability to analyse critically how they react and interact on a molecular basis:

CH4001, CH4002, CH4005, CH5007, CH5008,
CH5009, CH5010, CH6P01, CH6009, CH6010,
CH6059, CH6061, CH6058

- A knowledge and understanding of analytical techniques and the ability to apply these
techniques in the determination of the structure of a compound and/or the composition of a specified sample:

CH4001, CH5007, CH5008, CH5009, CH6009,
CH6010, CH6061, CH6058

- The practical skills necessary to safely carry out experiments such as might be required of a competent professional chemist viz the ability to devise and carry out reactions to synthesise specified compounds and to identify and perform the analytical measurements needed to characterise multi-component systems:

CH4001, CH4002, CH4003, CH5007, CH5008,
CH5009, CH5010, CH6P01.

- The analytical skills to interpret results obtained from experimental work and draw appropriate conclusions as to requirements for future work; an understanding of the application of mathematical systems to model the behaviour of chemical systems and the ability to employ these to solve specific problems:

CH4001, CH4002, CH4003, CH5007, CH5008,
CH5009, CH5010, CH6P01, CH4001, CH4005, CH5010, CH5007, CH5009,CH6059, CH6061

- A knowledge and understanding of the diverse modern industrial applications of chemistry and of the role of the chemist in Industry:

CH6009, CH6010, CH6059, CH6061, CH6058

- Analyse different situations and devise approaches to solving problems showing a high level of understanding and reasoning and providing their own interpretation of information:

CH5007, CH5008, CH5009, CH5010, CH6P01,
CH6009, CH6010, CH6059, CH6061, CH6058

- Provide a realistic assessment of their own level of achievement and devise strategies for ensure their personal development is fitted to their career goals:

CH4001, CH5007, CH6P01

- Communicate a subject clearly and accurately orally, and in a variety of forms of written English:

CH4001, CH4002, CH4005, CH5007, CH5008,
CH5009, CH5010, CH6P01, CH6009, CH6010,
CH6059, CH6061, CH6058

- Employ a full range of investigative skills which can be applied to any set task; use analytical and reviewing skills in order to produce accurate summaries based on a body of literature:

CH5007, CH5008, CH5009, CH5010, CH6P01,
CH6009, CH6010, CH6059, CH6061, CH6058

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Chemistry

Assessment strategy

Students are assessed through a variety of methods including problem solving exercises, in-class test, data analysis, practical reports, case studies, oral presentations, extended essays, examinations, research project interim report, oral examination and dissertation.

Practical s kills are summatively assessed through coursework assignments, including those in the Research Project module. Data handling skills are summatively assessed by practical reports, problem solving exercises, oral presentations and examinations.

Formative assessments include group activities in tutorial classes, mini-tests and project workshops.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

The course includes the option to take either a 15 credit Work Placement module at level 6 or a 30 credit Sandwich Placement module between level 5 and level 6. Students are not allowed to register for both these modules.

Course specific regulations

If attendance falls below 75% on a module, reassessment opportunities will not be available and instead the module will have to be retaken the following year with attendance and payment of fees. Mitigating circumstances cannot be claimed for missed classes; however Module Leaders will take account of absences that are a consequence of recorded disability or otherwise recorded as 'Authorised Absence' when applying the 75% threshold.

Modules required for interim awards

The cores for the award of BSc (Hons) are listed in section 27. For intermediate awards, any combination of the modules from the course spec would be appropriate.

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

The course is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) to give partial exemption from the requirements for Chartered Chemist status.

Career opportunities

You’ll leave this course ready to pursue a career in the high-technology, science-based industries. You could choose to work in sectors such as education or healthcare, with roles such as developer, lab technician and researcher on offer.

Many of our previous graduates are now employed by companies such as Mundipharma Research. Others have gone on to postgraduate study.

You’ll also develop the IT, research and analytical skills that are valued by employers in many different industries such as finance and commerce.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades BCC from three A levels including grade C or above in Chemistry (or a minimum of 104 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Entry from appropriate foundation or access courses will also be considered.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Chemistry Extended Degree BSc (Hons).

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes F100 (Chemistry): 100%
Route code CHEMST

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CH4001 Laboratory Science (for Molecular and Pharmaceu... Core 30        
CH4002 Chemistry and Biochemistry (for Molecular and P... Core 30        
CH4003 Cell and Molecular Biology (for Molecular and P... Core 30        
CH4005 Concepts in Chemistry Core 30        

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CY5008 Organic Chemistry Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
CY5009 Inorganic Chemistry Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
CY5010 Physical Chemistry Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
CY5051 Quantitative Analysis Core 15 NORTH AUT WED PM
CY5062 Spectroscopic Methods Core 15 NORTH SPR WED PM

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
CY6010 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
CY6059 Advanced Physical Chemistry Core 15 NORTH AUT FRI AM
CY6063 Medicinal Chemistry Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
CY6P01 Research Project Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
CY6053 Advanced Organic Chemistry Option 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
CY6061 Advanced Bioanalytical Science Option 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
CY6062 Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy Option 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
CY6W04 Sandwich Placement Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR    
CY6W54 Work Placement Option 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
          NORTH SPR