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BSc (Honours) Chemistry - Learning outcomes

Educational aims

This qualification aims to give you:

  • a life-long interest in chemistry through modules that are accessible to people with of all educational backgrounds
  • an understanding and knowledge of core chemical concepts and principles that underpin the world around us
  • practical and problem-solving skills, through the application of standard methodology in chemistry
  • an appreciation of the potential and limitations of scientific knowledge in chemistry and an awareness of its environmental, economic and social impact
  • a range of transferable skills that will be of value in employment and your studies, both within and without the chemical arena
  • support and guidance to develop as an independent learner.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this qualification, you’ll have knowledge and understanding of:

  • the fundamental concepts, principles, theories, methods and language used in the main branches of chemistry, as well as a basic understanding of its role as the central science across a wider range of scientific disciplines
  • the contribution of chemistry to informed debate, and ability to recognise and evaluate different lines of evidence and appreciate the limits of current scientific knowledge
  • at least one selected area of chemistry at the forefront of the discipline, informed by literature and independent research.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to:

  • select and apply conceptual knowledge and understanding of chemistry to devise and implement strategies, develop and present reasoned arguments, and solve problems in familiar and unfamiliar contexts
  • identify, interpret, analyse and critically evaluate chemical information and data from a range of different sources
  • apply the methods and techniques you have learned to review, consolidate and extend your knowledge and understanding of chemistry.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to:

  • conduct practical investigations in a responsible, safe and ethical manner taking proper account of risk assessment and health and safety regulations
  • initiate, design and report on investigations that may involve the acquisition of primary or secondary data
  • obtain, record, collate and analyse data derived from practical investigations and interpret and report results on their significance in the light of underlying theory, practical issues and relevant information from other sources
  • take personal responsibility to identify goals and organise your tasks effectively, recognising the necessity for continuing development personally, professionally and in your studies.

Key skills

On completion of this qualification, you’ll be able to:

  • use a range of digital practices and tools to retrieve, use, create, analyse, share and present data, information and knowledge
  • select and apply appropriate quantitative methods and tools, appreciating the limits of accuracy and precision in chemical and analytical measurements
  • communicate chemical information, data, arguments and ideas accurately and effectively in a style that suits purpose and audience
  • work autonomously and interact effectively with others to explore aspects of chemistry, enhance your learning and performance and to achieve joint outcomes.