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FD Chemical Sciences

Academic Year 2020/21

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Programme Title

FD Chemical Sciences

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Foundation Degree

Programme Code

CHM-FD-S

UCAS Code

F101

HECoS Code

100417

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Foundation Degree

Length of Programme

2 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

240

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Belfast Metropolitan College

School/Department

Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

Quality Code
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code

Higher Education Credit Framework for England
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/higher-education-credit-framework-for-england

Level 5

Subject Benchmark Statements
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

The Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications of UK Degree-Awarding Bodies
https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/quality-code/qualifications-frameworks.pdf

Chemistry

Accreditations (PSRB)

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

Programme Specific Regulations

Students must normally pass all Level 4 modules before taking Level 5 modules. Students may be permitted to retake failed modules on one occasion. The maximum mark for repeated modules shall be the pass mark.

Students are permitted to enrol twice for each module including resits.

Students may be permitted to carry one Level 4 module to the value of 20 CATS from one year to the next at the discretion of the Board of Examiners, but must pass this module at the next opportunity.

Students must pass the work-based learning module by satisfying each of the required elements. Arrangements for the resubmission of work placement assessment or retaking the work placement are included in programme regulations.


Access to University: An average of 55% with at least 60% in any Chemistry based modules plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C/4 or an equivalent acceptable to the University (e.g. NICATs Maths).

Students with protected characteristics

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

The general aim of the Foundation Degree in Chemical Sciences is to provide graduates who can make an effective contribution in the workplace and who are offered the opportunity to develop their chosen career. In keeping with the QAA Subject Benchmarking Statement for Chemistry, this programme seeks to take a holistic view of the subject disciplines, and therefore encourages interdisciplinary thinking and analysis. Likewise, in keep with the Benchmarking Statement, an integral work-based learning component is built into the course to enhance the student’s prospects for employability and effectiveness in the workplace. Specifically, this programme aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of scientific methods of enquiry and theoretical principles of chemical sciences, including, where appropriate, the application of those principles in an employment context.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance of the chemical sciences to the current economic environment

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; class tests and problem solving sessions; structured group and independent laboratory classes; guided independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project or extended experimental work dissertations; oral and poster presentations; experimental reports;

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Show an understanding of the major subdivisions of the subject (organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry)

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; class tests and problem solving sessions; structured group and independent laboratory classes; guided independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project or extended experimental work dissertations; oral and poster presentations; experimental reports;

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate competence and dexterity in practical techniques in chemistry and cognate disciplines

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; class tests and problem solving sessions; structured group and independent laboratory classes; guided independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project or extended experimental work dissertations; oral and poster presentations; experimental reports;

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate competence in subject specific key skills, problem solving, and a professional approach to work, study and lifelong learning

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and tutorials; class tests and problem solving sessions; structured group and independent laboratory classes; guided independent study.

Methods of Assessment

Written examinations; project or extended experimental work dissertations; oral and poster presentations; experimental reports;

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Mathematical & Study Skills in Science

FDR1102

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

60%

0%

40%

Fundamentals of Science

FDR1101

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

General Chemistry

FDS1101

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Chemistry of Organic Molecules

FDS1102

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Employability and Work Placement

FDS1301

2

40

YES

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Analytical Chemistry and Toxicology

FDS2101

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Mathematics for Chemists

FDS2102

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Further Physical Chemistry

FDS2103

2

40

YES

YES

24 weeks

N

YES

45%

0%

55%

Further Inorganic Chemistry

FDS2104

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Further Organic Chemistry

FDS2105

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

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