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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

Loughborough University International Foundation Programme

Academic Year: 2016/17

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
Programme code LGUF30
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 score 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, 06 Sep 2016 16:15:26 BST

1. Programme Aims

The programme aims to enable students to

 

  • Obtain the academic skills and subject knowledge required to progress to a suitable programme in higher education.
  • Develop the English language skills required for successful study within higher education.
  • Make informed choices regarding progression into higher education. 

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

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

Qualifications and Credit Framework

Loughborough College’s Learning and Teaching Strategy

Staff/student feedback

IELTS Qualification Framework.

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

 

Semester 1 & 2

 

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

 

  • The key theories, concepts and specialist knowledge appropriate to chosen pathway
  • The relevance of numerical data in a variety of applications appropriate to chosen pathway
  • The relevance of communication and information technology in the acquisition and analysis of information

 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

Semester 1 & 2

 

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

 

  • Apply subject specific theories and practice to solving problems
  • Construct persuasive and logical arguments which are supported by appropriate evidence and referencing
  • Apply research skills appropriately to a range of activities
  • Demonstrate the ability to use written and spoken English for academic purposes.

 

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

 

Semester 1 & 2

 

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

 

  • Select and apply a range of practical skills relevant to their chosen pathway
  • Collect and interpret quantitative data

 

c. Key transferable skills:

 

Semester 1 & 2

 

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

 

  • Use information technology to support ideas and present work
  • Interpret numerical data
  • Use effective interpersonal skills when working with others
  • Communicate clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing
  • Take responsibility for own learning, including time management and effective target setting

 

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 take modules with a total credit value of 120 over the two semesters.

 

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.

 

Option Choices are subject to availability and timetable restrictions. Selection of options in semester 2 must take into account pre-requisite modules from semester 1 as stated in the module specifications. Modules shown (C) are compulsory, others are specified as Preferred (P), Optional (O) or Disallowed (X). C1* and C2* denotes students must choose either the two C1 or the two C2 subjects as set by the destination departments (see matrix in 4.3).

 

4.3 Module Requirements for entry to named LU departments:

 

Engineering Programmes Part 1

 

Semester 1 of 2 – 60 or 65 credits from:
Department Aero/Auto Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering & AEDM Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Code Module   Name Modular   Weight
LGF001 English   Language Skills for Academic Study 1 15 C C C C
LGF101 Basic   Physics & Materials 15 C C C C
LGF103 Introduction   to Economics 15 O X X X
LGF204 Mathematics   and statistics for business studies - Part A 15 X X X X
LGF201 Applicable   Maths 1 15 C C C C
LGF311 Web Design 15 O X O O
LGF303 Foundations   of Physical Chemistry 10 O C O O
LGF304 Foundations   of Inorganic Chemistry 10 O C O O
LGF306 Cell  Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics 15 X X X X
LGF401 Business   Finance 15 O X X O
LGF501 Cognitive   psychology and research methods 15 X X X X
             
Semester 2 of 2 – 55 or 60 credits from:
Department Aero/Auto Engineering Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering & AEDM Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Code Module   Name Modular   Weight
LGF002  English   Language Skills for Academic Study 2 15 C C C C
LGF102 Physics   2 15 C C C C
LGF104 Basic   Macroeconomics 15 O X X X
LGF205 Mathematics   and statistics for business studies - Part B 15 X X X X
LGF203  Applicable   Maths 2 15 C C C C
LGF305  Foundations   of Organic Chemistry 10 O C O O
LGF307 Human   Systems Anatomy and Physiology 15 X X X X
LGF310  Fundamentals of Programming 15 O X O O
LGF403 Introduction   to Marketing 15 O X X O
LGF601 Society 15 X X X X

 

Engineering Programmes Part 2

 

Semester 1 of 2 – 60 or 65 credits from:
Department Materials Engineering Mechanical / Manufacturing / PDE BEng degrees Eng Mgmt / Sports Tech BSc degrees 
Code Module Name Modular Weight
LGF001 English Language Skills for Academic Study 1 15 C C C
LGF101 Basic Physics & Materials 15 C C C
LGF103 Introduction to Economics 15 X O O
LGF204 Mathematics and statistics for business studies - Part A 15 X X X
LGF201 Applicable Maths 1 15 C C C
LGF311 Web Design 15 O O O
LGF303 Foundations of Physical Chemistry 10 O O O
LGF304 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry 10 O O O
LGF306 Cell  Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics 15 X X X
LGF401 Business Finance 15 X O O
LGF501 Cognitive psychology and research methods 15 X X X
           
Semester 2 of 2 – 55 or 60 credits from:
Department Materials Engineering Mechanical / Manufacturing / PDE BEng degrees Eng Mgmt / Sports Tech BSc degrees 
Code Module Name Modular Weight
LGF002  English Language Skills for Academic Study 2 15 C C C
LGF102 Physics 2 15 C C C
LGF104 Basic Macroeconomics 15 X O O
LGF205 Mathematics and statistics for business studies - Part B 15 X X X
LGF203  Applicable Maths 2 15 C C C
LGF305  Foundations of Organic Chemistry 10 O O O
LGF307 Human Systems Anatomy and Physiology 15 X X X
LGF310  Fundamentals of Programming 15 O O O
LGF403 Introduction to Marketing 15 X O O
LGF601 Society 15 X X X

Science Programmes

Semester 1 of 2 – 60 or 65 credits from:
Department Chemistry Mathematics Physics
Code Module Name Modular Weight
LGF001 English Language Skills for Academic Study 1 15 C C C
LGF101 Basic Physics & Materials 15 O P C
LGF103 Introduction to Economics 15 X O O
LGF204 Mathematics and statistics for business studies - Part A 15 X X X
LGF201 Applicable Maths 1 15 C C C
LGF311 Web Design 15 X O O
LGF303 Foundations of Physical Chemistry 10 C O O
LGF304 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry 10 C O O
LGF306 Cell  Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics 15 O X X
LGF401 Business Finance 15 X O O
LGF501 Cognitive psychology and research methods 15 X X X
           
Semester 2 of 2 – 55 or 60 credits from:
Department Chemistry Mathematics Physics
Code Module Name Modular Weight
LGF002  English Language Skills for Academic Study 2 15 C C C
LGF102 Physics 2 15 O P C
LGF104 Basic Macroeconomics 15 X O O
LGF205 Mathematics and statistics for business studies - Part B 15 X X X
LGF203  Applicable Maths 2 15 C C C
LGF305  Foundations of Organic Chemistry 10 C O O
LGF307 Human Systems Anatomy and Physiology 15 O X X
LGF310  Fundamentals of Programming 15 X O O
LGF403 Introduction to Marketing 15 X O O
LGF601 Society 15 X X X

Computer Science, Business and Economics Programmes

Semester 1 of 2 – 60 or 65 credits from:
Department Computer Science, Comp Sci & Maths, Comp Sci and AI ITMB, computing and management Business School Economics
Code Module Name Modular Weight
LGF001 English Language Skills for Academic Study 1 15 C C C C
LGF101 Basic Physics & Materials 15 O X O O
LGF103 Introduction to Economics 15 O X O O
LGF204 Mathematics and statistics for business studies - Part A 15 X C C1* C1*
LGF201 Applicable Maths 1 15 C X C2* C2*
LGF311 Web Design 15 C C O O
LGF303 Foundations of Physical Chemistry 10 X X O O
LGF304 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry 10 X X O O
LGF306 Cell  Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics 15 O X O O
LGF401 Business Finance 15 O C O O
LGF501 Cognitive psychology and research methods 15 X X O O
             
Semester 2 of 2 – 55 or 60 credits from:  
Department Computer Science, Comp Sci & Maths, Comp Sci and AI ITMB, computing and management Business School Economics
Code Module Name Modular Weight
LGF002  English Language Skills for Academic Study 2 15 C C C C
LGF102 Physics 2 15 O X O O
LGF104 Basic Macroeconomics 15 O X O O
LGF205 Mathematics and statistics for business studies - Part B 15 X C C1* C1*
LGF203  Applicable Maths 2 15 C X C2* C2*
LGF305  Foundations of Organic Chemistry 10 X X O O
LGF307 Human Systems Anatomy and Physiology 15 O X O O
LGF310  Fundamentals of Programming 15 C C O O
LGF403 Introduction to Marketing 15 O C O O
LGF601 Society 15 X X O O

 

Sport, Exercise and Health Programmes

Semester 1 of 2 – 60 or 65 credits from:
Department Sport, Ex & Health Sciences Psychology Sociology Human Biology
Code Module Name Modular Weight
LGF001 English Language Skills for Academic Study 1 15 C C C C
LGF101 Basic Physics & Materials 15 O O O X
LGF103 Introduction to Economics 15 O O O X
LGF204 Mathematics and statistics for business studies - Part A 15 O C1* O X
LGF201 Applicable Maths 1 15 O C2* O C
LGF311 Web Design 15 O O O X
LGF303 Foundations of Physical Chemistry 10 O O O C
LGF304 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry 10 O O O C
LGF306 Cell  Biology, Biochemistry and Genetics 15 O O O C
LGF401 Business Finance 15 O O O X
LGF501 Cognitive psychology and research methods 15 O O O X
             
Semester 2 of 2 – 55 or 60 credits from:
Department Sport, Ex & Health Sciences Psychology Sociology Human Biology
Code Module Name Modular Weight
LGF002  English Language Skills for Academic Study 2 15 C C C C
LGF102 Physics 2 15 O O O X
LGF104 Basic Macroeconomics 15 O O O X
LGF205 Mathematics and statistics for business studies - Part B 15 O C1* O X
LGF203  Applicable Maths 2 15 O C2* O C
LGF305  Foundations of Organic Chemistry 10 O O O C
LGF307 Human Systems Anatomy and Physiology 15 O O O C
LGF310  Fundamentals of Programming 15 O O O X
LGF403 Introduction to Marketing 15 O O O X
LGF601 Society 15 O O O X

Business and Economics Programmes

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 printed in Appendix 1.

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, LGF101, LGF102, 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 65% 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%.
  6. 6.1  In order to progress to part A of the degree programme of Information Technology Management for Business and Computing and Management in the Department of Computer Science, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits and achieve at least 60% in the mathematics modules LGF201 and LGF203 (or LGF204 and LGF205) and 50% in LGF311 and LGF310.

    6.2  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 LGF311 and LGF310.

    6.3  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 LGF31 and LGF310.

     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 60%. 
  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, an overall average of 60% 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%.
  13. In order to progress to Part A of Business degree programmes in the School of Business and Economics, candidates must accumulate 120 credits, and achieve an overall average of 70%, with a minimum of 65% in every module.  Candidates must also achieve IELTS of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each part.
  14. In order to progress to Part A of Economics degree programmes in the School of Business and Economics, candidates must accumulate 120 credits, and achieve an overall average of 70%, with a minimum of 65% in every module.  In addition, candidates may be required to succeed at interview. Candidates must also achieve IELTS of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each part.
  15. In order to progress to part A of the Psychology degree programme in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, candidates must accumulate at least 120 credits and achieve an overall average of at least 70% and achieve at least 60% in LGF201 and LGF203 or LGF204 and LGF205. Candidates must also achieve IELTS of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6 in each part.
  16. In order to progress to part A of the degree programmes in the Department of Social Sciences, candidates must accumulate at least 100 credits, and achieve an overall average of at least 70%. Candidates must also achieve IELTS of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each part.

5.3        Reassessment

 

Students who fail to meet the progression requirements will be eligible to repeat the assessment for those elements on which they have not succeeded on one occasion only in accordance with Regulation XX, in order to reach the required progression threshold.

For the purpose of determining the award grade, any such reassessments will be capped at 40% or the original mark if greater than 40%, unless an Impaired Performance claim has been approved. For progression purposes, the actual mark will be used.

6        Scholarships

          A number of departments award scholarships to international students who meet specified thresholds. Applicable scholarships for international students are set out in Appendix 1.

 

7        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.

 

Appendix 1

Achievement Scholarships for Students Progressing from the Loughborough University IFP 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, LGF303 Foundations Physical Chemistry, LGF304 Foundations of   Inorganic Chemistry, LGF305 Foundations of Organic Chemistry, LGF101 Basic   Physics and Materials and LGF102 Physics 2.

Chemistry

 

 

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

 

Computer   Science

 

75%   overall on the programme and 80% in LGF311 Web Design and LGF310 Fundamentals of Programming.

Civil   Engineering

75%   overall on the programme with 80% in LGF201, LGF203, LGF101 and LGF102.

School   of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

 

75%   overall on the programme and 80% in LGF201 Applicable Mathematics 1 and   LGF203 Applicable Mathematics 2.

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 in 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 LGF201, LGF203, LGF101 and LGF102.

Sports   Science

75%   overall on the programme

School   of Business and Economics

 

Not   applicable

 

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

N/A

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