University of Chester

Programme Specification
Applied Chemistry with Biotechnology BSc (Hons) (Single Honours)
2017 - 2018

Bachelor of Science (Single Honours)

Applied Chemistry with Biotechnology

Applied Chemistry with Biotechnology

University of Chester

University of Chester

Thornton Science Park

Undergraduate Modular Programme

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

3 years

7 Years

Annual - October

F1J7

F110

No

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Science & Engineering Natural Sciences

Chemistry 2014

Biosciences 2015

Science and Engineering MAB

Wednesday 16th December 2015

Aims of the programme.

The Applied Chemistry with Biotechnology degree programme is a course which contains a foundation of chemistry and biochemistry with an emphasis of applications in the industrial chemistry sector.

The BSc programme aims to:

Offer an interesting, challenging, and industrially relevant degree programme that draws on research areas of academic staff and the opportunities available from the proximity of our commercial tenants at Thornton;

Lay a common foundation of scientific principles through a foundation of chemistry and biochemistry supplemented by selected process engineering modules;

To instil in students an enthusiasm for chemistry, an appreciation of its application in different contexts, and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying;

To establish in students an appreciation of the importance and sustainability of the chemical sciences in an industrial, academic, economic, environmental and social context;

Provide opportunities for access and personal and professional development that will enable students to reach their full potential in all aspects of University life;

Inspire a commitment to lifelong learning;

Create highly motivated graduates who will be in demand by a wide spectrum of employing organisations, especially in the scientific industries by creating opportunities for students to work closely with University commercial partners at all stages of the programme.

 

FHEQ Level 4

FHEQ Level 5

FHEQ Level 6

 

The fundamental concepts, theories, principles and limitations of chemistry and biotechnology;

All modules at L4 except SE4001 & SE4003

All modules at L5 except WB5101

All modules at L6 except SE6037 & SE6040

Knowledge of the principles, concepts and theories of chemical engineering, and their relationship chemistry and biotechnology;

SE4025, SE4011 & SE4023, content from SE4007

SE5052, SE5013

All modules at L6 except SE6037 & SE6040

The mathematical concepts and principles that are relevant to the analysis and solution of applied scientific problems.

SE4003

maths content of all other modules

maths content of all modules

An appreciation of how the concepts, theories and principles of chemistry, biotechnology and chemical engineering feed into and support modern technology.

 SE4011

SE5051 + applied content of all modules

All modules at L6 except SE6037 & SE6040

The commercial and economic context of modern science including the business practices and management techniques that are used to achieve scientific and technical objectives, and how regulatory issues influence scientific activities.

SE4001

WB5101

SE6037 SE6010

The need for a high level of professional and ethical conduct in science and technology, and the need for scientific activities to promote responsible and sustainable development.

SE4001

 

SE6037

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FHEQ Level 4

FHEQ Level 5

FHEQ Level 6

A systematic approach to defining and investigating scientific problems and the ability to display creativity and innovation in tackling non-routine applications.

All modules at L4 except SE4003

all modules at L5 except WB5101

all modules at L6 except SE6037

The ability to integrate knowledge and understanding across scientific disciplines in building an appreciation of multi-disciplinary areas.

All modules

all modules at L5 except WB5101

SE6018 SE6015 SE6010

To be able to select an appropriate strategy to tackle a problem involving one or more unknowns, and to synthesise the results to an appropriate level of detail, taking into account the limitations of the techniques and methods used.

SE4007 SE4008

all modules at L5 except WB5101

all modules at L6

The ability to plan a scientific investigation; to evaluate the results and to make appropriate recommendations based upon these.

SE4008 SE4007 SE4011

all modules at L5 except WB5101

all modules at L6 except SE6037

 

FHEQ Level 4

FHEQ Level 5

FHEQ Level 6

Identify and safely use laboratory equipment within a physical, materials, chemical or biological science context, executing an experimental investigation including using apparatus to acquire data

SE4007 SE4008 SE4011 SE4023 SE4025

SE5014 SE5015

SE5049

SE5013

 SE6010

Carry out and interpret the results of specific tests to understand chemical and biological properties, analyse samples and synthesise materials

SE4007

SE4008

SE5014

SE5028

SE5049

SE5015

SE6010

Be able to analyse experimental data using appropriate techniques including mathematical and statistical software, to be able to determine and interpret the associated measurement uncertainties, and to report fully the results of such an investigation.

SE4001 SE4003 SE4007

SE5001

all modules at L6 except SE6037 & SE6040

To be aware of health and safety constraints and the appropriate precautions to be taken

SE4001 SE4007 SE4008 SE4011 SE4023 SE4025

SE5014

SE5028

SE5015

SE5052

SE5051

SE6037

SE6010

SE6018

SE6015

SE6042

SE6043

Be motivated and able to work and learn independently.

SE4001

WB5101

SE6010

Plan and manage time, resources and projects safely and effectively.

SE4001

WB5101 or SE5051

SE6010 SE6040

Exercise independent thought, and have the confidence to make value judgements based on limited information

 

SE5051

SE6010

Be ready and prepared for their careers and committed to maintaining high professional and ethical standards.

SE4001

WB5101 or SE5051

SE6010 SE6037 & SE6040

 

FHEQ Level 4

FHEQ Level 5

FHEQ Level 6

Demonstrate Information Technology Literacy

SE4001 SE4003

use of IT is implicit in all modules at L5

use of IT is implicit in all modules at L6

Improving own learning and performance

SE4001

through coaching and mentoring in all modules at L5

through coaching and mentoring in all modules at L6, especially SE6010

Working with others and as part of a team

A high proportion of laboratory work at L4 is done as part of a team

WB5101

SE5049

SE5013

SE6037

Communicate information orally, visually and in writing to a professional standard to both scientific and non-scientific/technical audiences.

SE4001

SE4011

Most modules include report writing.

SE5051

SE5049

SE6010

Understand and use a systematic scientific method based approach to the solutions of scientific problems, using creativity to establish innovative solutions that are subject to some degree of scientific or technical uncertainty.

through all laboratory work at L4

through all laboratory & course work at L5

Rigorous application of scientific method is emphasised in all modules except SE6037 at L6

Ability to apply quantitative methods and computer software in order to solve scientific problems in an applied science and engineering context.

SE4001 SE4003

Through math content of all scientific modules at L5

All modules at L6 except SE6037 are rigorously quantitative and use computer software.

Acquire, evaluate, manage and understand the context of scientific information from a range of sources including ICT and conventional resources, and apply it in the solution of scientific problems.

SE4001 & all laboratory-based work

Through all laboratory & course work at L5

Evaluation of scientific information is intrinsic to all L6 modules except SE6037 & SE6040, explicitly evaluated in SE6010

The Applied Chemistry with Biotechnology uses the existing module structure of the Natural Sciences and Chemical Engineering programmes to give the students a rigorous foundation in chemistry and biotechnology which is directly linked to chemical engineering

Applied Chemistry with Biotechnology will share modules with Natural Sciences and Chemical Engineering. The first year (Level 4) will be 100% in common with the existing Chemical Engineering degree. The second and third years (Levels 5 and 6) will follow a combination of the existing Natural Sciences (Chemistry and Biotechnology) pathway and Chemical Engineering.

1st Year (Level 4): 20 credits unless stated.

  • Professional Skills for Scientists and Engineers SE4001
  • Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers SE4003
  • Introduction to Thermodynamics (10 credits) SE4023
  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Transport Processes (10 credits) SE4025
  • Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry SE4008
  • Chemistry Fundamentals SE4007
  • Material Processing and Manufacture SE4011

2nd Year (Level 5):

  • Thermodynamics (10 credits) SE5026
  • Analytical Chemistry (10 credits) SE5049
  • Analysing Biological Systems (10 credits) SE5028
  • Biotechnology and Bioinformatics for Disease and Nutrition SE5015
  • Chemical Science SE5014
  • Separation Processes SE5013
  • Process Analysis (10 credits) SE5052
  • Work-based Learning (WB5051) or Natural Sciences Experiential Learning (SE5051)

3rd Year (Level 6)

  • BSc Individual Project (40 credits) SE6010
  • Air Chemistry and Pollution SE6043
  • Chemical Reactors and Catalysis SE6015
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Drug Development SE6042
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and Low Carbon Technology SE6018
  • Business Skills and Professional Ethics SE6037
  • Project Management SE6040

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
SE4001 4 Professional Skills for Scientists and Engineers 20 Comp
SE4003 4 Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers 20 Comp
SE4007 4 Chemistry Fundamentals 20 Comp
SE4008 4 Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry 20 Comp
SE4011 4 Materials Processing and Manufacture 20 Comp
SE4023 4 Introduction to Thermodynamics 10 Comp
SE4025 4 Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Transport Processes 10 Comp
SE5013 5 Separation Processes 20 Comp
SE5014 5 Chemical Science 20 Comp
SE5015 5 Biotechnology and Bioinformatics for Disease and Nutrition 20 Comp
SE5026 5 Thermodynamics 10 Comp
SE5028 5 Analysing Biological Systems 10 Comp
SE5049 5 Analytical Chemistry 10 Comp
SE5051 5 Natural Sciences Experiential Learning 20 Optional
SE5052 5 Process Analysis 10 Comp
WB5101 5 Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning 20 Optional
SE6010 6 BSc Individual Project 40 Comp
SE6015 6 Chemical Reactors and Catalysis 20 Comp
SE6018 6 Renewable Energy, Sustainability and Low Carbon Technologies 20 Comp
SE6037 6 Business Skills and Professional Ethics 10 Comp
SE6040 6 Project Management 10 Comp
SE6042 6 Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Drug Development 10 Comp
SE6043 6 Air Chemistry and Pollution 10 Comp

Certificate of Higher Education in Engineering: 120 credits Students who achieve 120 credits at level 4 may exit at the end of year one with a Certificate of Higher Education in Engineering.

Diploma of Higher Education in Applied Chemistry with Biotechnology: 240 credits. Students who achieve 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 may exit at the end of year two with a Diploma of Higher Education in Applied Chemistry with Biotechnology.

BSc (Hons) Applied Chemistry with Biotechnology: 360 credits. Students who achieve 120 credits at level 4, 120 credits at level 5 and 120 credits at level 6, will exit the programme with a BSc (Hons) Applied Chemistry with Biotechnology.

 

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The admissions data provided below was correct at the time of creating this programme specification. Please refer to the prospectus pages on the corporate website www.chester.ac.uk for the most recent data.

UCAS points: 120 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BBC/BBB
Specific subjects required: Two of Chemistry, Biology, or Mathematics at GCE A Level (minimum grade C) or equivalent.
BTEC:

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM

BTEC Diploma: D*D*

(to include Chemistry content and some evidence of mathematics at Level 3)

Irish/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects including chemistry and biology
International Baccalaureate: 28 points including 5 in HL Maths and 5 in a core science subject
Access Access to HE Diploma (Maths at Level 3) to include 15 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit, with evidence of significant chemistry content.
OCR:

OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 1

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DDM

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*

Extra Information:

Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 points from GCE AS Levels and that Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A levels and BTECs/OCRs.

For international entry requirements, you will need to visit http://www.chester.ac.uk/international/your-country and select the appropriate country.

Subject benchmark statements have been consulted for Chemistry (2014), and Biosciences (2015) with some input from the Engineering (2015).

In addition to the subject-specific materials, the Chemistry (2014) and the Biosciences (2015) subject benchmarking statements identify generic skills that overlap significantly (e.g. problem-solving, investigative, communication, analytical, ICT, sustainability & Environment, team-working, etc.) that are specifically addressed in the modular structure of this programme. Teaching, learning and assessment specifications also overlap significantly between the two benchmarking statements, as do the requirements for project work. These are also addressed within the course structure.

Overall, the learning outcomes defined in the Module Descriptors for this programme represent the common factors of these two individual Benchmark Statements, along with the relevant subject-specific content.

A range of diverse teaching and learning strategies is deployed across the programme, with the appropriate method selected to deliver the best opportunity to attain learning outcomes and reinforce the student learning experience.

During the first year a broad combination of strategies is used to reflect the students’ diverse backgrounds, to ease the transition from School to University and to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning. As the students progress, a greater emphasis is placed upon team and group working, the use of industrially-relevant problems, and transferable skills including communication skills.

During the more specialist second and final year, emphasis is placed upon a deepening scientific understanding that is informed by the research and scholarship of academic staff and involves a significant element of project work.

The development of the learning outcomes is promoted through the following teaching and learning methods:

  • Lectures: The primary means of conveying academic material and information. Most lecture courses provide problem sheets, worked examples and/or case studies. Students will also be directed to suitable resources involving a range of ICT to enable then to develop their understanding of the subject matter during their private-study.
  • Tutorials and Example Classes: These are normally delivered to smaller (than class sized) groups of students. These classes provide an opportunity for academic staff to resolve problems in the students' understanding.
  • Workshops: Used to enable students to work on “open-ended” problems related to real scientific and technical situations. They also provide good opportunities for developing team-working and communication skills as well as individual skills.
  • Field Trips: Thornton Science Park is uniquely placed in proximity to a wide range of chemical and biotechnology based industry.       Working with industry representatives, students will experience chemical and biotechnical manufacturing at scale through field trips to a range of local and regional facilities.       The field trips incorporate active learning tasks to reinforce campus-based teaching and learning.
  • Laboratory Classes: To introduce and familiarise the students with experimental techniques and practical methods. They provide an excellent opportunity for students to practise team-working and communication skills. Students will have significant exposure to hands-on laboratory work throughout their degree programme. Students may be required to work independently or in small groups.
  • Individual Project: In the third year of the degree programme. This project represents a substantial individual investigative project on a scientific topic within or crossing boundaries between chemistry or biotechnology. It is conducted under the supervision of a member of staff. This project provides an excellent opportunity for the student to pull together every aspect of their development during the programme.

The department will make the maximum use of industry-university links so that graduates will be aware of modern commercial and managerial practices appropriate to the scientific and technological industry environment.

Opportunities for the student to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes are provided through the following summative assessment methods:

  • Written Examinations: Typically of 2 hours duration. The content of these exams is previously unseen by the student, and many modules use written exams as the main assessment method. Modules may also use open or closed book, multiple choice, open ended and essay type exams.
  • Coursework Assignments: Used throughout the curriculum where students are required to seek additional information so that they can develop and demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The exact form of assignment is chosen to allow the student the best opportunity to demonstrate their attainment of a particular learning outcome. In particular Laboratory Reports and/or Portfolios are used where the attainment of a subject specific practical skill is relevant, Technical Reports are used where the use of primary source material is required. Coursework may constitute the only or the major form of assessment in some modules and can be conducted on an individual basis at the beginning of the degree programme, or as small groups as the students progress. Coursework assignments increase in size and complexity as students progress through their degree, culminating in the Level 6 Individual Project Dissertation where students have the opportunity to integrate their learning from throughout their programme of study.
  • Oral and Poster Presentations are often included as part of coursework assignments. These presentations allow students to develop their communication skills.
  • Computer Based Tests and Assessed Simulations are used in modules that involve a substantial computer-based element.
  • Peer Assessment may be used in modules that involve a substantial team-working element. Normally, students will have the opportunity to moderate the final marks for group activities, to reflect the contributions of different team members and to encourage full and equal participation by each student. Students may also peer review other students' coursework to develop their critical thinking skills, but this case, the quality of the peer review is assessed.
  • The Individual Project is the largest project element and is undertaken during the third year of the degree programme. The project is assessed via a written dissertation, a conference style oral presentation and the student’s response to questions. It is expected to be at a professional level.

Formative Assessments do not contribute to the final marks achieved for each module, but provide an opportunity for students to develop their critical evaluation skills and to monitor their own academic progress. They also provide a useful opportunity for lecturers to give feedback to the students and to monitor and improve the students learning experience. These assessments may take the form of diagnostic tests, in-class tests or on-line tests during lectures, and evaluation and discussions relating to logbooks and equipment during laboratory classes. Students will have opportunities to develop their oral and presentation skills during tutorials and workshops.

Graduates will embody the creative way of approaching scientific challenges that is generic across all scientific disciplines, while simultaneously being skilled and knowledgeable in the theory and application of chemical and biotechnical science especially in an industrial context. The graduates will show the following characteristics:

  • Be inquisitive and curious about the natural world and the man-made environment that surrounds them.
  • Be rational and pragmatic, interested in the practical steps necessary to tackle a scientific problem or to investigate scientific phenomena.
  • Want to achieve sustainable solutions to problems and have strategies for being creative, innovative and overcoming difficulties by employing their knowledge in a flexible manner.
  • Be numerate, computer literate and capable of attention to detail.
  • Be aware of the social, cultural, environmental, health and safety, and wider professional responsibilities they should display.
  • Appreciate the international dimension to science and technology, including commerce and communication.
  • When faced with an ethical issue, be able to formulate and operate within appropriate codes of conduct.
  • Be professional in their outlook, capable of team working, effective communicators and able to exercise responsibility.

These characteristics will fit the graduates for a wide range of career options, including scientific, technical, supervisory and managerial career paths, and for further study by taught (e.g. M.Sc.) or research (e.g. M.Res. or PhD pathways. These career options could include, but are not restricted to:

  • Laboratory scientist or technician.
  • Environmental scientist.
  • Brewer.
  • Process scientist.
  • Materials chemist.
  • Patent lawyer.
  • Industrial chemist.
  • Forensic scientist.

With further training and experience, Applied Chemistry with Biotechnology graduates would expect to enjoy opportunities in other areas including:

  • Laboratory supervisor or manager.
  • Product developer.
  • Project manager.
  • Technical sales advisor or manager.
  • Science writer or journalist.
  • Teaching or lecturing in Further or Higher Education.

The University is committed to the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in all its forms; through different ideas and perspectives, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We are, in particular, committed to widening access to higher education. Within an ethically aware and professional environment, we acknowledge our responsibilities to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression.

The programme is delivered in English and provided the student has attained the defined standard there are no other cultural issues.

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