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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

Loughborough University International Foundation Programme for Science and Engineering

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) Loughborough College
Owning school/department Foundation Programmes at Loughborough University
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award Certificate
Programme title International Foundation Studies for Science and Engineering
Programme code LGUF10
Length of programme Two semesters
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

A typical offer would be:

Academic entry requirements as agreed at the meeting of the Partnership Project Group ‘Sub-Group on Fees , Scholarships and Admissions Procedures’, held on 9th September 2008. Revisions occur in consultation with LU International Office and Admissions Team (eg new country such as Om an in 2011 or pathway such as AP3 route).

IELTS score of 5.5 or above with a s core of 5.0 or above in writing.

Other qualifications will be judged on an individual basis . Candidates with industrial or commercial experience and/or qualifications other than those above are welcome to apply. All applications will be considered on their merits.

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:41:39 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide a programme of study in a science context which will allow students from a range of countries of origin to obtain the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to progress to a degree course most suited to their needs and interests.
  • To provide an environment for learning which encourages the students to make the best of their abilities and helps them gain confidence.
  • To equip students with transferable skills and thus help prepare them for future education and employment.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

National Qualifications Framework

Loughborough College’s Learning and Teaching Strategy

Staff/student feedback

GCE A-Level Mathematics (OCR) and Physics specifications (AQA)

IELTS Qualification Framework.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

K1  English applied in a technical context

K2  the principles of science

K3  the relevance of mathematics in a variety of applications in science

K4  the relevance of information and technology to a variety of applications in science.

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

C1  Construct logical scientific arguments.

C2  Apply the principles of science to practical situations, and thus obtain quantitative and qualitative information about the real world.

C3  Demonstrate the ability to use written and spoken English for academic purposes.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

P1 Observe, record accurately and give an account of laboratory experiments.

P2 Collect and organise quantitative data.

c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

T1  Information technology: use appropriate learning technologies in the research, analysis, synthesis and presentation of their work.

T2  Numeracy: collect data in numerical form, present it in tables and graphs, and analyse it with a range of statistical tools; use of mathematical tools and techniques.

T3   Teamwork: share responsibility for a task with others; agree common targets and methods to achieve them; collectively work through challenges and find solutions; co-ordinate the use of common resources.

T4  Communication skills: write or speak clearly to topic; draft, edit and polish presentations; contribute actively to group and class discussion; demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.

T5  Managing self-learning: seek out sources of information; plan time to make the best use of resources and review priorities in the light of deadlines; show initiative; set personal objectives; develop personal learning strategies.

4. Programme structure

4.1       The programme will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of University Regulation XXIII – Validated Undergraduate Awards (Higher Education in UK Further Education Colleges), as modified by and set out in the relevant agreement between the University and Loughborough College.

4.2        Content

Students should select modules appropriate to their preferred HE subject destination.  The matrix in 4.3 below shows the module selections students will require for entry to individual departments at Loughborough University.

4.3  IFP Science – Module Requirements for entry to named LU departments:

Modules shown (C) are compulsory.  Other modules are specified as Preferred (P), Optional (O) or Disallowed (X) as set by individual destination departments (see matrix below)

Option choices are subject to availability and timetable restrictions.

Semester 1 of 2 – 60 or 65 credits from:

Department

Aero/Auto Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Chemistry

Civil Engineering

Computer Science

Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Code

Module Name

Modular Weight

 

 

 

 

 

 

LGF001

English Language Skills for Academic Study 1

20

C

C

C

C

C

C

LGF201

Applicable Maths 1

15

C

C

o

C

C

C

LGF101

Basic Physics & Materials

15

C

--

o

C

C

C

LGF302

Introduction to Programming 1

10

C

C

C

C

C

C

LGF303

Foundations of Physical Chemistry

10

--

C

C

--

--

--

LGF304

Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

10

--

C

C

--

--

--

 (table continued below)

Semester 1 of 2 – 60 or 65 credits from:

Department

Materials Engineering

Mathematics

Physics

Mechanical / Manufacturing

BEng degrees

(see note 1)

Eng Mgmt / Sports Tech BSc degrees

(see note 2)

Sport, Ex & Health Sciences

Code

Module Name

Modular Weight

 

 

 

 

 

 

LGF001

English Language Skills for Academic Study 1

20

C

C

C

C

C

C

LGF201

Applicable Maths 1

15

C

C

C

C

C

o**

LGF101

Basic Physics & Materials

15

C

o**

C

C

C

o**

LGF302

Introduction to Programming 1

10

C

C

C

C

C

C

LGF303

Foundations of Physical Chemistry

10

--

o**

--

--

--

o**

LGF304

Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry

10

--

o**

--

--

--

o**

 Selection of options in semester 2 must take into account pre-requisite modules from semester 1 as stated in the module specifications.

Semester 2 of 2 – 55 or 60 credits from:

Department

Aero/Auto Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Chemistry

Civil Engineering

Computer Science

Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Code

Module Name

Modular Weight

 

 

 

 

 

 

LGF001

English Language Skills for Academic Study 2

20

C

C

C

C

C

C

LGF203

Applicable Maths 2

15

C

C

o*

C

C

C

LGF102

Physics 2

15

C

--

o*

C

C

C

LGF308

Introduction to Programming 2

10

C

C

C

C

C

C

LGF305

Foundations of Organic Chemistry

10

--

C

C

--

--

--

 (table continued below)

Semester 2 of 2 – 55 or 60 credits from:

Department

Materials Engineering

Mathematics

Physics

Mechanical / Manufacturing

BEng degrees

(see note 1)

Eng Mgmt / Sports Tech BSc degrees

(see note 2)

Sport, Ex & Health Sciences

Code

Module Name

Modular Weight

 

 

 

 

 

 

LGF001

English Language Skills for Academic Study 2

20

C

C

C

C

C

C

LGF203

Applicable Maths 2

15

C

C

C

C

C

o**

LGF102

Physics 2

15

C

o**

C

C

C

o**

LGF308

Introduction to Programming 2

10

C

C

C

C

C

C

LGF305

Foundations of Organic Chemistry

10

--

o**

--

--

--

o**

 Please note:

** Sport, Exercise & Health Science students must choose EITHER:

  • both Applicable Mathematics modules (LGF201 & LGF203 [30]) PLUS all 3 Chemistry modules (LGF303, LGF304 and LGF305 [30]), OR
  • both Physics modules (LGF101 & LGF102[30]), PLUS all 3 Chemistry modules (LGF303, LGF304 and LGF305 [30])

**Mathematics students must choose EITHER:

  • both Physics modules (LGF101 & LGF102[30]), OR
  • all 3 Chemistry modules (LGF303, LGF304 and LGF305 [30])

Notes on BEng/BSc degrees in Wolfson School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering:

1. BEng degrees include:

  • BEng Manufacturing Engineering
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering
  • BEng Product Design Engineering

2. BSc degrees include:

  • BSc Engineering Management
  • BSc Sports Technology

 4.4        Late submission of work

Students will be expected to submit work or attend for examination on the published date for each element of assessment.  Extensions can be agreed only by prior consultation with the tutor concerned with the particular module. Such extensions can only be granted for one week after the original assessment date.

4.5        Impaired performance

Students who cannot meet an assessment deadline for legitimate reasons, for example health or personal circumstances, may apply for special consideration using the University’s Impaired Performance Form.  Impaired Performance claims will be considered by a Foundation Impaired Performance Committee chaired by the University’s Foundation Programme Director in the first instance and recommendations subsequently forwarded to the Examination Board.

4.6        Review

This specification will be reviewed annually and any amendments published in a revised version.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 Criteria for Achievement

The pass mark for individual modules is 40%.  Individual modules are not graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. To receive the award, candidates must pass all modules (120 credits).

The award will be graded as follows:

Average mark             Overall Grade

70% +                           Distinction

60% - 69%                     Merit

40% - 59%                     Pass

Progression Scholarships (25% off tuition fees) are applicable in the case of some programmes. Scholarship criteria, where appropriate, are noted below.

5.2 Criteria for Progression

To gain credit in any module, the overall module mark must be equal to or in excess of 40%.  In addition, different progression criteria exist for each intended degree level programme as indicated below.  Where a department specifies progression requirements of 100 credits rather than 120 credits, a minimum performance of 30% is required in the remaining 20 credits. Criteria apply to all degrees within a department.  Unless stated otherwise below, candidates must also achieve IELTS of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all parts. Some departments may require success at interview as part of the selection process, as indicated below.

  1. In order to progress to Part A of the BEng degree programmes in the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering candidates must accumulate 120 credits and achieve 80% or better in modules LGF201 and LGF203, 70% or better in modules LGF101 and LGF102 and achieve an overall average of 60%. 
  2. In order to progress to part A of the BEng degree programmes in the Department of Chemical Engineering candidates must accumulate 120 credits, and achieve at least 60% in modules LGF201, LGF203, LGF303, LGF304 and LGF305.
  3. In order to progress to part A of the degree programmes in the Department of Chemistry, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits, must achieve an average of 50% overall and achieve 60% or better in modules LGF303, LGF304 and LGF305.  Where a candidate achieves 70% in the two English Language modules LGF001 and LGF002, there will be no further IELTS requirement.
  4.  4.1     In order to progress to part A of the MEng Civil Engineering programme, candidates must accumulate 120 credits, achieve an overall average of 65% and achieve a mark of at least 70% in the four modules LGF201, LGF203, LGF101 and LGF102.
    4.2     In order to progress to part A of the BEng Civil Engineering programme candidates must accumulate 120 credits, achieve an overall average of 65%, and achieve a mark of at least 60% in the four modules LGF201, LGF203, LGF101 and LGF102. 
  5. In order to progress In order to progress to part A of the Architectural and Engineering Design Management Programme in the School of Civil and Building Engineering students must pass all 120 credits, and achieve an overall average of 60%.  In addition, candidates must be successful at interview.
  6. 6.1     In order to progress to part A of the degree programme of Computer Science and Mathematics in the Department of Computer Science, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits and achieve at least 75% in the modules LGF201 and LGF203 and 50% in LGF302.
    6.2     In order to progress to part A of all other degree programmes in the department of Computer Science, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits and achieve at least at least 60% in the modules LGF201 and LGF203 and at least 50% in the modules LGF302 and LGF308.
    Where a candidate achieves 70% in the 2 English Language modules LGF001 and LGF002, there will be no further IELTS requirement.
  7. In order to progress to part A of the degree programmes in the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits, an overall average of at least 50% and module marks of at least 60% in the modules LGF201 and LGF203.
  8. In order to progress to part A of the degree programmes in the School of Mathematics, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits including 80% or better in modules LGF201 and LGF203 and achieve an overall average of at least 65%
    Where a candidate achieves 70% in the 2 English Language modules LGF001 and LGF002, there will be no further IELTS requirement.
  9. 9.1     In order to progress to part A of the degree programmes in Mechanical Engineering, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits and achieve an overall average of 60%.  In addition, they must achieve a mark of at least 70% in modules LGF201, LGF203, LGF101 and LGF102.
    9.2     In order to progress to part A of the degree programmes in Manufacturing Engineering or Product Design Engineering, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits and achieve an overall average of 60%.  In addition, they must achieve a mark of at least 60% in modules LGF201, LGF203, LGF101 and LGF102.
    9.3     In order to progress to part A of the BSc Sports Technology programme in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits and achieve an overall average of 60%.
    9.4     In order to progress to part A of the BSc Engineering Management programme in the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits and achieve an overall average of 55%. 
  10. In order to progress to part A of the degree programmes in the Department of Physics, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits and achieve at least 70% in modules LGF201 and LGF203, and at least 60% in modules LGF101 and LGF102. 
  11. In order to progress to part A of the degree programmes in the department of Materials Engineering, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits and achieve at least 60% in LGF201, LGF203 and LGF101.
  12. In order to progress to part A of the degree programmes in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits and achieve an overall average of at least 70%.

5.3 Scholarships

A number of departments award scholarships to international students who meet specified thresholds. Applicable scholarships for international students are set out below.
 
ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS PROGRESSING FROM THE IFP SCIENCE TO LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY PROGRAMMES

For International (non EU) Students

A scholarship of 25% of the tuition fees (unless otherwise stated, renewable annually subject to maintaining in each year the overall average given below) will be awarded to students who exceed the following criteria at first attempt and progress to those departments/programmes listed below:

(Note: scholarships do not apply to sponsored international students)

Department/School

Criteria for Award

Aeronautical / Automotive Engineering

Not applicable

Chemical Engineering

 

75% overall and 70% in LGF201 Applicable Mathematics 1, LGF203 Applicable Mathematics 2, LG303 Foundations Physical Chemistry, LGF304 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry and LGF305 Foundations of Organic Chemistry.

Chemistry

 

 

MChem programmes:  75% overall and 70% in LGF303 Foundations Physical Chemistry, LGF304 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry and LGF305 Foundations of Organic Chemistry.

BSc programmes: not applicable.

Computer Science

 

75% overall on the programme and 80% in LGF302 Introduction to Programming 1 and LGF308 Introduction to Programming 2

Civil Engineering

Not applicable

School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

 

75% overall on the programme.

Note: this scholarship is given for the first year of study only.

Materials Engineering

 

 

70% overall on the programme and 75% in LGF201 Applicable Mathematics 1, LGF203 Applicable Mathematics 2, and LGF101 Basic Physics and Materials

School of Mathematics

 

70% overall and 90% average on LGF201 Applicable Mathematics 1 and LGF203 Applicable Mathematics 2.

Physics

 

70% overall and 75% in LGF201 Applicable Mathematics 1, LGF203 Applicable Mathematics 2, LGF101 Basic Physics and Materials and LGF102 Physics 2.

Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

75% overall on the programme with 80% in MAF001, MAF002, PHF110 and PHF210.

Sports Science

Not applicable

5.4 Outstanding Academic Achievement

A prize of £100 to be awarded by Loughborough College to the student in the academic year on the Loughborough University International Foundation Programme with the highest overall part mark.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

N/A

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