Programme And Module Handbook
 
Programme Specification


Date Specification Approved
College College Eng and Physical Sci
School Chemistry
Department Chemistry
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title M.Sci. Chemistry with Study Abroad Full-time
Programme Code 5633
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations This programme has no outside accreditations
Aims of the Programme The Programme develops chemical, intellectual and transferable skills, preparing students for employment in chemical and related fields, with enhanced chemical skills [theory and practical] acquired at Level M (i.e. Masters Level). The educational aims of the programme are informed by the Chemistry benchmarking statements and the accreditation criteria of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

In more detail, the programme aims to:

Provide a broad and balanced knowledge base in the field of chemistry [to an enhanced level], to additionally provide a grounding in related disciplines studied (e.g. optional material), and to develop wider transferable and transformation skills;
Provide a rational, structured and coherent programme of study that is relevant to the needs of employers;
Facilitate the professional development of the student and provide training in appropriate skills;
Develop a logical and enquiring attitude, with appropriate critical analysis and scientific discipline to encourage lifelong learning;
Provide experience of originality in the application of knowledge and an understanding of how research techniques are used to create and interpret knowledge in Chemistry;
Develop an enthusiasm for Chemistry, and expose students to the frontiers of the discipline;
Provide an enhanced research experience through completion of a major research project;
Provide an appreciation for the culture of the host country [during Study Year Abroad], and increased language proficiency in the case of Study placements in Continental Europe.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Structure, Reactivity and Bonding, Determination of Structure, Analytical Chemistry
Chemistry of the Elements, s-, p-, and d- block elements, Transition Metal Chemistry, Solid-State Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Homogeneous Catalysis, f- block elements.
Synthesis and Mechanism in Organic Chemistry, Conformational Analysis and Alicyclic Chemistry, FMO Methods and Stereoelectronic effects, Medicinally Active Compounds, Synthetic Strategy and Planning, Functional Group Transformations.
Thermodynamics, Kinetics, Quantum Mechanics and Intramolecular Forces, Properties of Solutions, Electrolyte Solutions and Electrochemistry, Optical Spectroscopy, Electronic Terms and States, Electronic Spectroscopy and Level Populations, Surface Science and Heterogeneous Catalysis, Photochemistry and Kinetics, Properties of Solids and their Surfaces.
Depending on module choice: advanced materials chemistry, advanced supramolecular chemistry, bio-inorganic chemistry, total synthesis of natural products, chemical biology, advanced synthetic methods, chemical dynamics, spectroscopy and symmetry, clusters, surfaces and interfaces, soft matter
Advanced Techniques, Research Methodology, and Major Research Project
Culture and language [the latter for European placements] of the host placement country.
The acquisition of knowledge is achieved mainly through lectures, laboratory classes (which supplement and complement the core chemistry material) and directed student-centred learning.

Student-centred learning is employed where there is appropriate source material, and will vary during the levels of the programme.

Support of lecture-based learning is provided by workshops and tutorials, and through set work (e.g. problem sheets, worksheets etc).
Assessment methods as specified in each module guide.

All learning outcomes in a module are assessed, and the mode of assessment specified for each outcome.

In general, each module is assessed by a combination of continuous assessment during the year (e.g. tutorial and/or workshop and laboratory based assessment) and written unseen examinations, normally at the end of each level.
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Intellectual skills - on completion of the programme students will be able to:

Integrate theoretical concepts and practice;

Synthesise information and data from a variety of sources; Put forward and test hypotheses;

Apply chemical principles to the solution of complex chemical problems; Analyse, evaluate and interpret the results of controlled experiments;

Demonstrate the skills necessary to plan, conduct and report a substantial research project; Evaluate critically current research in chemistry and evaluate methodologies.
Subject Specific Skills (practical) - on completion of the programme students will be able to:

Conduct laboratory and project work in a safe and effective manner;

Propose sensible schemes for chemical synthesis and design appropriate experimental protocols; Conduct experimental work to the necessary professional standards of accuracy and precision;

Investigate complex chemical issues in a systematic manner and make judgments in the absence of complete data;

Demonstrate the ability to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level in chemistry; Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding of chemistry and to develop new skills.
Key/Transferable Skills - on completion of the programme students will be able to:

Communicate effectively by written and verbal means; Solve numerical problems in a chemical context; Use information Technology to obtain information, analyze data and to present reports;

To design methods for the solution of problems; To demonstrate an open-minded and critical attitude to the evaluation of information; Demonstrate enquiring and scientific attitudes to problems;

Demonstrate the ability to make decisions in complex chemical situations; Undertake group work in an effective manner; Demonstrate the capacity for the independent learning required for continuing professional development in chemistry.
Modern Language and Culture for placements in Continental Europe [only] - on completion of the programme students will be able to: Read and understand authentic articles from the press, in the language studied; Listen to and understand the spoken language, taken from authentic broadcast sources, and show understanding of the key elements; Express opinions on, and discuss topics covered in the course (in their chosen European language); Deliver oral presentations (in their chosen European language); Articulate in writing knowledge about appropriate aspects of the Continental Country covered in the course; working with a variety of sources including the internet, newspapers, TV and radio programmes; Understand cultural systems and social structures to be observed in their host country.
Intellectual skills are developed through the integration of theoretical material and laboratory work, and assignments. Open-ended project work is designed to allow students to demonstrate achievement of the overall learning outcomes in a synoptic fashion.

Coordinated laboratory and laboratory-related work integrated into each appropriate module. The focus is on the acquisition of the key chemical skills relevant to the study of chemistry at each level. The final year research project provides experience in the planning and implementation of experimental work.

Formal instruction will be provided in key communication skills and Information Technology at the appropriate points during the programme. These will be reinforced in the project element at the final level of the programme. The programme also includes elements on team working centred around problem based learning activities.
Partly through written unseen examinations, but the main vehicle for assessment of intellectual skills is in the continuous assessment associated with each module and the written report associated with the substantial final year research projects.

A variety of continuous assessments, including inspection of laboratory record-books, certification of skills, formal written reports, assessment of accuracy of work, and, where appropriate, presentations. Written report, oral presentation and oral defence of final year research project.

A number of elements of continuous assessment at each level will assess key skills. In addition, assessment of the industrial and major research projects is through written formal reports (dissertation), informal reports, formal presentations and oral defence, which will assess a number of key transferable skills.