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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc/MChem Chemistry

Academic Year: 2020/21

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)
Owning school/department Department of Chemistry
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

The B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Chem. (Hons) degrees satisfy the academic requirements for admission to AMRSC of the Royal Society of Chemistry. 

The M.Chem. degrees also satisfy the academic requirements for Chartered Chemist status (CChem).

Final award BSc/BSc+DPS/BSc+DIntS/BSc+DIS MChem/MChem+DPS/MChem+DIntS/MChem+DIS
Programme title Chemistry
Programme code CMUB01 BSc Chemistry (Chem)
CMUM11 MChem Chemistry (Chem)
Length of programme Bsc: 3 years
BSc with placement: 4 years
MChem: 4 years
MChem with placement: 5 years
UCAS code Chemistry
BSc F100
BSc with DPS/DIntS/DIS F101
MChem F102
MChem with DPS/DIntS/DIS F103
Admissions criteria

Chemistry MChem DIS/DPS/DIntS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/f103

Chemistry MChem - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/f102

Chemistry BSc DIntS/DPS/DIS - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/f101

Chemistry BSc - http://www.lboro.ac.uk/f100

Date at which the programme specification was published Tue, 04 Aug 2020 08:59:09 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To inspire students to have interest and enthusiasm for chemistry, an appreciation of its application in industrial, economic, environmental and social contexts and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.
  • To provide students with, and be able to apply, a broad and balanced foundation of chemical knowledge and practical skills, to the solution of theoretical and practical chemical problems.
  • To provide students with selected specialised areas of study so that they can experience the frontiers of chemical development and research.
  • To provide training, through a range of educational activities in chemistry, to develop a range of transferable skills applicable in both chemical and non-chemical employment.
  • To provide students with a knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialised areas of chemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving chemistry.
  • (MChem only) To provide students with a systematic understanding of knowledge, techniques, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of chemical research and be able to apply them to their own original research or advanced scholarship.

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

  • The Benchmark Statement for Chemistry.
  • The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
  • University Learning and Teaching Strategy.
  • Departmental teaching and learning policies.
  • The research interests and specialisms of the teaching staff and their professional involvement in the discipline.
  • Recognition and Accreditation documentation from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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        The principles chemical terminology, nomenclature, conventions, units and major issues within contemporary research.

K2        Key concepts in synthetic chemistry, including the major types of organic and inorganic chemical reactions, reaction kinetics and mechanistic interpretation.

K3        The principles of theoretical and computational chemistry and their application to the description of the structure and properties of atoms and molecules.

K4         The principal techniques used in chemical analysis and structural characterisation.

K5         The systematic chemistry of the elements and their compounds, including group relationships, stereochemistry, and trends within the Periodic Table.

Additional knowledge and understanding for MChem students:

K6         Methodology and practices to carry out an independent research project and prepare and present a detailed report on the work, supported by a study of primary literature.

 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

C1         Identify, analyse and solve novel problems from the core principles of synthetic, physical, or analytical chemistry and plan strategies for their solution.

C2         Evaluate, interpret and collate chemical information and data to solve quantitative and qualitative problems.

C3         Critically evaluate, and present scientific data and arguments in a coherent and organised way appropriately adapted to the audience.

Additional skills for MChem students:

C4         Devise and critically evaluate appropriate strategies to research one or more complex problems, or problems with incomplete data.

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

P1        Handle chemical materials safely by taking into account their physical and chemical properties, including any specific hazards associated with their use (as assessed via COSHH protocols) and any risks from laboratory procedures.

P2         Conduct standard laboratory procedures for the synthesis and analysis of organic and inorganic systems.

P3         Monitor record and document, chemical properties, events and changes by observation and measurement.  

P4         Plan, implement, and evaluate data from practical investigations, including the selection of appropriate techniques and procedures.

P5         Apply computational modelling software to understand key chemical ideas.

Additional skills for MChem students:

P6         Generate new research data to develop new technologies and/or new insights to investigate and solve real problems.

c. Key transferable skills:

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

T1         Communicate, negotiate, and co-operate with peers, academic and technical staff both orally and in writing.

T2         Apply numeracy and computational skills including error analysis, order of magnitude estimations, correct use of units, and modes of data presentation to present results and ideas to a professional standard.

T3         Manage time and effort in the organisation of work and studies.

Additional skills for MChem students:

T4         Develop independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

4. Programme structure

INTRODUCTORY MODULES

Part A 

Semester 1 and 2 

Compulsory modules (30 credits)

Code

 Title

Credits

CMA103

Laboratory Skills 1

30

Semester 1 

Compulsory modules (40 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

CMA101

Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry

20

CMA102

Fundamentals of Synthetic Chemistry

20

Semester 2

Compulsory modules (50 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

CMA104

Spectroscopy & Analysis 1

20

CMA105

Energetic & Equilibria 1

10

CMA106

Structure & Reactivity 1

20

 

DEGREE MODULES

Part B

Semester 1 and 2 

Compulsory modules (30 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

CMB102

Laboratory Skills 2

30

Semester 1 

Compulsory modules (40 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

CMB104

Spectroscopy & Analysis 2

20

CMB106

Structure & Reactivity

20

Semester 2

Compulsory modules (50 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

CMB105

Energetics & Equilibria 2

20

CMB107

Chemistry Option

30

Part I 

Candidates may undertake a programme of industrial training leading to the award of the Diploma in Industrial Studies, a programme of professional training leading to the Diploma of Professional Studies, or an approved period of study abroad leading to a Diploma in International Studies, which occurs between Part B and Part C or between Part C and Part D. 

Code

 Title

CMI001

Diploma in Industrial Studies/Placement

CMI002

Diploma in International Studies/Study Abroad Placement

CMI003

Diploma in Professional Studies/Placement

 

Part C

Semester 1 and 2 

Compulsory modules (30 credits)

Code

 Title

Credits

CMC026

Investigative Projects

30

Semester 1 

Compulsory modules (30 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

CMC001

Modern Aspects of Organic Chemistry

20

CMC011

Science Communication

10

Optional modules (must take 20 credits from the following optional modules) 

Code

 Title

Credits

CMC004

Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis

20

CMC007

Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism

20

Semester 2

Compulsory modules (40 credits) 

Code

 Title

Credits

CMC002

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

20

CMC003

Physical Chemistry Advanced

20

 

Part D (Students entering Part D in 2020/21)

Semester 1 and 2 

Compulsory modules (60 credits)  

Code

 Title

Credits

CMD001

Research Projects

60

Semester 1

Optional modules (Must take 40 credits from the below options) 

Code

 Title

Credits

CMD214

Synthesis in Drug Discovery

20

CMD117

Physical Chemistry Option

20

CMD302

Advanced Analytical Option

20

Semester 2

Optional modules (Must take 20 credits from the below options) 

Code

 Title

Credits

CMD112

Inorganic Chemistry Option B

20

CMD401

Drugs: Modes of Action and Screening

20

Chemistry Programme: TWO options in Semester 1 and ONE option in Semester 2 must be taken in Part D. An MChem in Chemistry indicates a broad knowledge base across the Chemistry sub-disciplines of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry. Students must therefore take ONE option from EACH of the following pairs over Parts C and D of their MChem programme: CMD213/214, CMD117/119 and CMD111/112.

Part D (Students entering Part D from 2021/22)

Semester 1 and 2 

Compulsory modules (60 credits)  

Code

 Title

Credits

CMD001

Research Projects

60

Semester 1

Optional modules (Must take 40 credits from the below options) 

Code

 Title

Credits

CMD213

Biological Organic Chemistry

20

CMD119

New Techniques and Technologies in Chemistry

20

CMD302

Advanced Analytical Option

20

Semester 2

Optional modules (Must take 20 credits from the below options) 

Code

 Title

Credits

CMD111

Inorganic Chemistry Option 1

20

CMD402

Drugs: Synthesis and Properties

20

 

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

BSc candidates must accumulate the minimum credit requirements set out in the Regulations XX http://lboro.ac.uk/governance/regulations/20/current/ in order to progress through the programme and quality for the award of the degree. 

M.Chem candidates entering prior to 2019 must satisfy the following criteria in addition to accumulating 100 credits from the Part:

  • In order to progress from Part B to Part C, M.Chem candidates must achieve an overall average mark of at least 50% across all modules taken in Part B (i.e over all 120 credits). 
  • M.Chem. students in Parts B and C must accumulate 100 credits at 40% to be re-assessed on the M.Chem. programme, otherwise they will be transferred to the B.Sc. programme and may undergo reassessment according to B.Sc. regulation. 
  • In order to progress from Part C to Part D, M.Chem candidates must achieve an overall average mark of at least 50% across all modules taken in Part C (i.e. over all 120 credits). 
  • Students failing to progress on the M.Chem programme after re-assessment will be transferred to the B.Sc. programme. 
  • M.Chem resit marks obtained for progression will be capped at 50% according to Regulation XX. 
  • If candidates transfer from M.Chem to B.Sc. for any reason, resit marks will be capped at the B.Sc. level unless the original mark was higher than 40%, when it will be reset to the original mark. 

M.Chem. candidates commencing Part A or joining a cohort commencing Part A (from 2019/20 onwards) must: 

  • Accumulate a minimum of 120 credits from the Part and
  • Achieve a minimum overall average for the Part of 55%.

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

(i) B.Sc. candidates’ final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in the degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX http://www.lboro.ac.uk/governance/regulations/20/current/. The scores for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B: 40 Part C: 60 to determine the final score. 

(ii) M.Chem. candidates’ final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B, C and D in accordance with the scheme set out in Regulation XX. The scores for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B: 20 Part C: 40 Part D: 40 to determine the final score.

 

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