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UNIVERSITY OF YORKUNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME SPECIFICATIONThis document applies to students who commencedthe programme(s) in:September 2016Awarding institutionTeaching institutionUniversity of YorkUniversity of YorkDepartment(s)ChemistryAward(s) and programme title(s)BSc in Chemistry (F100)BSc in Chemistry, Management and Industry (F190)BSc in Chemistry, Resources and the Environment(F142)Level of qualificationLevel 6/HonoursBSc in Chemistry, Biological and Medicinal Chemistry(F152)Interim awards availableCertificate of Higher Education (Level 4/Certificate)GenericDiploma of Higher Education (Level 5/Intermediate)GenericUCAS codesF100, F190, F142, F152Admissions criteriaAAB, A in Chemistry for students taking Chemistry and at least two othersciences/mathematicsAAA, A in Chemistry for students taking Chemistry with one or no otherscience/mathematicsA*AA A or B AS in science/mathematics, A in Chemistry for students takingChemistry with no other science/mathematics1

Length and status of the programme(s) and mode(s) of studyProgrammeChemistryLength (years)and status(full-time/parttime)3 years (fulltime)Chemistry,Resourcesand theEnvironment3 years (fulltime)Mode(if applicable – forprogrammes that havemultiple intakes or startdates that differ from theusual academic year)N/A3 years (fulltime)Chemistry,Managementand IndustryChemistry,Biological andMedicinalChemistryStart 3 years (fulltime)Language of studyEnglishProgramme accreditation by Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Bodies (if applicable)Programme recognition by Royal Society of ChemistryEducational aims of the programmeThe programmes aim:1. To provide a degree-level education, establishing a broad knowledge base andexperience in modern chemistry and chemical practice.2. To provide students with the opportunity to follow a variety of programmes of study inChemistry within a common academic framework. Thus students will graduate as fullyqualified chemists with specialist knowledge at the frontiers of Chemistry to suit their particularneeds, interests and career objectives.3. To develop the practical skills of students so that they are able to carry out experimentalwork safely and accurately whilst appreciating the significance of the results obtained.4. To provide students with research training and sufficient exposure to chemical research toserve as a foundation for a career in scientific research.5. To provide students with the opportunity to develop a range of key skills of relevance toboth chemical and non-chemical employment.6. To instil in students an enthusiasm for Chemistry and an appreciation of its application indifferent contexts.7. To exemplify the importance of Chemistry to the industrial, economic and social needs of2

society.8. To enable students to pursue:(i) scientific and related careers in which a specialism in advanced areas of Chemistry isappropriate (F100).(ii) scientific or related careers in which a specialism in industrial management and practice isrelevant (F190).(iii) scientific or related careers in which a specialism in environmental issues and practice isrelevant (F142).(iv) scientific or related careers in which a specialism in biological systems and pharmaceuticalChemistry is appropriate (F152).3

Intended learning outcomes for the programme – and how the programme enablesstudents to achieve and demonstrate the intended learning outcomesThis programme provides opportunities for students todevelop and demonstrate knowledge andunderstanding qualities, skills and other attributes in thefollowing areas:The following teaching, learning andassessment methods enablestudents to achieve and todemonstrate the programmelearning outcomes:A: Knowledge and understandingKnowledge and understanding of:1. Chemical terminology, nomenclature, conventionsand units.2. The characteristic properties of elements and theircompounds in relation to trends within the PeriodicTable.3. The properties of functional groups and structuraltypes in organic molecules, synthetic proceduresfor their formation and interconversion and themechanistic principles underlying thesetransformations.4. The properties of inorganic systems, proceduresfor their synthesis and the underlying principlesbehind their interconversion.5. The principles and the application of physicalchemistry including thermodynamics, kinetics andquantum mechanics and spectroscopy.6. The principles and procedures used in chemicalanalysis and in the characterisation andquantification of chemical substances.7. Major issues at the frontiers of chemical researchand development.8. The role of Chemistry within the needs of societyand the application of chemical principles to theresolution of problems faced by industry, thecommunity and the individual.9. The application of Chemistry in an industrialcontext (notably on F190).10. The role of Chemistry in an environmental contextand the application of chemical principles to thesolution of environmental problems (notably onF142)11. The chemistry of molecules of biologicalsignificance (notably on F152).Learning/teaching methods andstrategies (relating to numberedoutcomes): Lectures (1-11) Tutorials (1-11) Workshops (1-11) Seminars (1-11) Group Exercises (1-11) Revision Classes (1-11) Practical Classes (1-11) Site Visits (8-10) Field Trips (8-10) Research Project (1-11) Blended Learning (1-11)Types/methods of assessment(relating to numbered outcomes): Closed examinations (1-11) Assessed workshops and/ortutorials (1-11) Essays (1-11) Oral and poster presentations(1-11) Assessed group work (1-11) Practical reports (1-6) Viva voce examinations (1-6) Scientific literacy articles (7) Extended Research ProjectReport (1-11)B: (i) Skills - discipline relatedAble to:1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding ofessential facts, concepts, principles and theoriesrelating to the subject areas identified above.2. Apply such knowledge and understanding to thesolution of qualitative and quantitative problems ofLearning/teaching methods andstrategies (relating to numberedoutcomes): Tutorials and Workshops (1-4) Blended Learning (1-6) Group Exercises (1-6)4

both a familiar and an unfamiliar nature.3. Integrate the theory and practice of chemicallybased material.4. Assemble, evaluate and interpret chemicalinformation and data.5. Present scientific material and arguments clearlyand correctly both in writing and orally.6. Analyse novel problems and plan strategies for their Practical Classes (1-15) Research Project (1-15)Types/methods of assessment(relating to numbered outcomes): Tutorial assignments (1-6) Workshop problems (1-6) Blended Learning Assignments(1-6)solution.7. Use computational data-processing skills relating tochemical information. Essays (1,4,5,6) Scientific Literature Review8. Recognise and apply sound measurementtechniques and practice.9. Use time management skills within the context of asafe laboratory environment.10. Carry out standard synthetic and analyticallaboratory procedures safely and competently.11. Undertake the systematic observation,measurement, recording and documentation ofchemical properties and changes.(1,4,5,6) Oral and Poster Presentations(1,4-6) Practical Reports (1-7,14) Execution of Extended ResearchProject (2-4,6-15 Extended Research ProjectReport (1-7,15)12. Assess the physical and chemical properties ofsubstances so as to be able to handle them safelyin an experimental context.13. Operate chemical instrumentation for separation,structural identification and analysis.14. Plan and execute experimental investigations and tointerpret and evaluate the resultant observations.15. Plan, execute and interpret a research project.B: (ii) Skills – transferableAble to:1. Demonstrate oral, visual and written communicationskills, including critical assessment of information.2. Demonstrate IT skills including word-processing andthe retrieval of electronically stored information.3. Demonstrate numeracy including an appreciation ofthe accuracy of quantitative data.4. Undertake problem solving both of a qualitative anda quantitative nature.5. Develop and demonstrate team-working skills andthe ability to communicate effectively as part of agroup.6. Demonstrate organisational skills particularly thoseassociated with the efficient utilisation of time.7. Demonstrate independent learning skills.8. Develop an ability to understand scientific literature.9. Demonstrate an ability to communicate complexmaterial to non-specialists.Learning/teaching methods andstrategies (relating to numberedoutcomes): Lectures (1,3,6) Tutorials (1,3,4,6,7) Workshops (1-7) Seminars (1,6) Group Exercises (1-9) Site visits/Field Trips (5,6) Practical Classes (1-7) Blended Learning (1-9) Research Project (1-9)Types/methods of assessment(relating to numbered outcomes): Tutorial Assignments (1-4,6,7,8) Workshop Problems (1,3-6)5

Blended Learning Assignments(1-9) Essays (1,2,6,7,8) Scientific Literature Review (14,6,7,8) Oral and Poster Presentations (13,6-9) Practical Reports (1-4,6,7) Execution of Research Project (38) Project Report (1-4,6-8)C: Experience and other attributesAble to:1. Discuss progress with the academic or projectsupervisor and strategies for improvement.2. Prepare formatively assessed material for tutorialsand to present that material in tutorials.Learning/teaching methods andstrategies (relating to numberedoutcomes): Tutorials (1,2,4) Workshops (1,3,4)3. Work as part of a group in workshops. Site Visits/Field Trips (5)4. Engage in problem solving activities. Group Exercises (4)5. Undertake site visits (on some modules only). Practical Classes (4,7)6. Exploit opportunities to take part in the Language forAll programme and the York Award Scheme and togain certification for extra-curricular activites.7. Demonstrate practical competence in a laboratoryenvironment and an appreciation of theeffectiveness of team working in the solution ofpractical problems.8. Undertake a research project including the review ofliterature relevant to the project and the preparationof a report. Research Project (1,4,7,8)Types/methods of assessment(relating to numbered outcomes): Tutorials (2) Workshops (3,4) Execution of Research Project(1,4,7) Research Project Report (1,4,8)Relevant Quality Assurance Agency benchmark statement(s) and other relevant externalreference points (e.g. National Occupational Standards, or the requirements ofProfessional, Statutory or Regulatory bodies)QAA benchmark statement for ments/SBS-chemistry-14.pdfThe Royal Society of Chemistry's requirement for accreditation6

University award regulationsTo be eligible for an award of the University of York a student must undertake an approvedprogramme of study, obtain a specified number of credits (at a specified level(s)), and meetany other requirements of the award as specified in the award requirements, programmeregulations, and other University regulations (e.g. payment of fees). Credit will be awardedupon passing a module’s assessment(s) but some credit may be awarded where failure hasbeen compensated by achievement in other modules. The University’s award and assessmentregulations specify the University’s marking scheme, and rules governing progression(including rules for compensation), reassessment, award requirements and degreeclassification. The award and assessment regulations apply to all programmes: any exceptionsthat that relate to this programme are approved by University Teaching Committee and arerecorded at the end of this document.To graduate with one of the specific degree titles it is necessary to take at least five cognateoption modules:BSc in Chemistry, Management and Industry (F190)Clean Technology – Energy and EnvironmentManagerial EconomicsManagement in IndustryClean Technology – Greener Chemical ProcessingThe following modules can then be used to make the number up to five: Catalysis, TheMaterial World – Introduction to Materials Chemistry, Analytical and Forensic Chemistry.BSc in Chemistry, Resources and the Environment (F142)Clean Technology – Energy and Environment)Dynamic Earth – Origins and EvolutionDynamic Earth – Biogeochemistry and ClimateAtmospheric Chemistry and ClimateThe following modules can then be used to make the number up to five: Catalysis, Analyticaland Forensic Chemistry, Bioinspired Chemistry.BSc in Chemistry, Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (F152)Chemistry and Disease – Introduction to Medicinal ChemistryProteins in 3DChemistry and Disease – Advanced Medicinal ChemistryGenes and Genetic EngineeringThe following modules can then be used to make the number up to five: BioinspiredChemistry, Proteins in Action, Synthesis – From Nature to the Lab.Departmental policies on assessment and feedbackDetailed information on assessment (including grade descriptors, marking procedures, wordcounts etc.) is available in the written statement of assessment which applies to thisprogramme and the relevant module descriptions. These are available in the student handbookand on the Department’s ndergrad/year1/Information on formative and summative feedback to students on their work is available in thewritten statement on feedback to students which applies to this programme and the relevantmodule descriptions. These are available in the student handbook and on the try/internal/undergrad/year1/Are electives permitted?Yes. Up to 40 credits per stage and 60credits overall.7

Can a Languages For All (LFA) module betaken ab initio (i.e. beginner level) in Stage 1?Yes8

Diagrammatic representation of the programme structure by stage, showing the distributionand credit value of core and option modulesStage 1Autumn TermCore Module 1a: AnIntroduction to ChemicalChange, Reactivity andMechanism (20 credits)Core Module 1b: AnIntroduction to Structure andBonding (10 credits)Core Module 1c: Skills forChemists I (10 credits)Spring TermSummer TermCore Module 2: Analysis, Bonding and Chemical Change(30 credits)Core Module 3: Chemical Reactivity, Structure and Mechanism(30 credits)Practical Chemistry (10 credits)Skills for Chemists II (10 credits)Stage 2Autumn TermCore Module 4a: Reactivity,Equilibrium and Change (20credits)Core Module 4b: Structure andBonding (20 credits)Spring TermSummer TermCore Module 5: Synthesis, Structure and Mechanism (30credits)Core Module 6: The Interaction of Light with Molecules (20credits)Option Module 1 (10 credits)Option Module 2 (10 credits)Option Module 3 (10 credits)Stage 3Autumn TermSpring TermSummer TermCore Module 7: Advanced CoreCore Module 8: Advanced Core Chemistry II (20 credits)Chemistry I (20 credits)Option Module 4 (10 credits)Core Module 9: Advanced Core Chemistry III (20 credits)Option Module 5 (10 credits)Option Module 6 (10 credits)BSc Project and Scientific Literacy (30 credits)9

Overview of modules by stageStage 1Core module tableModule titleModulecodeCore Module 1a: An Introduction to ChemicalChange, Reactivity and MechanismCHE00001CCore Module 1b: An Introduction to Structure CHE000and Bonding02CCore Module 1c: Skills for Chemists ICHE00003CCore Module 2: Analysis, Bonding and CHE000Chemical Change04CCore Module 3: Chemical Reactivity, CHE000Structure and Mechanism05CPractical ChemistryCHE00006CSkills for Chemists sessment3rulesTiming and format of main assessment(AuT – Autumn Term, SpT- Spring Term, SuT – SummerTerm)Closed exams wk1 SpT plus continuous assessment of NRpracticalfor4/C10NoneNoneClosed exams wk1 SpT plus coursework assessment by oralpresentation4/C30NoneNoneClosed exams wk7 SuT plus coursework for one lecture course4/C30NoneNoneClosed exams wk7 SuT plis coursework assessment for blendedlearning course4/C10NoneNRContinuous assessment losed exams wk1 SpT plus continuous assessment of PracticalComponentClosed tage 2Core module tableModule titleCore Module 4a: Reactivity, Equilibriumand ChangeCore Module 4b: Structure and sessmentrulesTiming and format of main assessmentClosed exams wk1 SpT plus continuous assessment ofPractical ComponentClosed exams wk1 SpT plus continuous assessment ofPractical and Maths Components5/I20Stage 1 modulesNR for practical5/I20Stage 1 modulesNR for practical1The credit level is an indication of the module’s relative intellectual demand, complexity and depth of learning and of learner autonomy (Level 4/Certificate, Level5/Intermediate, Level 6/Honours, Level 7/Masters)2The credit value gives the notional workload for the module, where 1 credit corresponds to a notional workload of 10 hours (including contact hours, private studyand assessment)3Special assessment rulesP/F – the module marked on a pass/fail basis (NB pass/fail modules cannot be compensated)NC – the module cannot be compensatedNR – there is no reassessment opportunity for this module. It must be passed at the first attempt10

Core Module 5: Synthesis, Structure andMechanismCHE00003I5/I30Stage 1 modulesCore Module 6: The Interaction of Lightwith MoleculesCHE00004I5/I20Stage 1 modulesNR for practicaland GroupExercisesNR for practicalClosed exams wks5-7 SuT, continuous assessment ofone Lecture Course, Practical Components and GroupExercisesClosed exams wks5-7 SuT, continuous assessment ofone Lecture Course and Practical ComponentsOption modules TABLE A – Choose three ModulesModule titleChemistry and Disease – Introduction toMedicinal Chemistry (CD1)Catalysis ssessment rulesTiming and format of main assessment5/I10Stage 1 modulesNR of cont. assess.Closed exams wks5-7 SuT continuous assessment5/I10Stage 1 modulesNR of cont. assess.Closed exams wks5-7 SuT continuous assessmentClean Technology – Energy andEnvironment (CT1)CHE00008ICHE00005ICHE00006I5/I10NR of cont. assess.Closed exams wks5-7 SuT continuous assessmentDynamic Earth – Origins and Evolution(DE1)CHE00007I5/I10NR of cont. assess.Closed exams wks5-7 SuT continuous assessmentManagerial Economics (ME)CHE00009I5/I10NR of cont. assess.Closed exams wks5-7 SuT continuous assessmentMaterials World – Introduction toMaterials Chemistry (MW1)Proteins in 3D (PR1)CHE00010ICHE00011I5/I10Stage 1modules, or bypermission ofmodulecoordinatorStage 1modules, or bypermission ofmodulecoordinatorStage 1 modulesdesirable, Alevel maths skillsStage 1 modulesNR of cont. assess.Closed exams wks5-7 SuT continuous assessment5/I10Stage 1 modulesNR of cont. assess.Closed exams wks5-7 SuT continuous assessmentPrerequisitesAssessment rulesTiming and format of main assessmentStage 3Core module tableModule titleCore Module 7: Advanced CoreChemistry ICore Module 8: Advanced CoreChemistry ue6/H20Stage 2 modulesNR of cont. assess.Closed exams wk1 SpT continuous assessment6/H20Stage 2 modulesNoneClosed exams wks5-7 SuT11

Core Module 9: Advanced CoreChemistry IIIBSc Research Project (and ScientificLiteracy)CHE00003HCHE00021H6/H20Stage 2 modulesNoneClosed exams wks5-7 SuT6/H30Stage 2 modulesResearch ProjectPractical Work isNRReport submitted and assessed end SpT (25 credits)Closed Scientific Literacy Exam wks 5-7 SuTOption modules TABLE B - Choose one Module from TABLE B AND one Module from TABLE CModule titleThe Material World II – AdvancedNanomaterials (MW2)Management in Industry (MI)Dynamic Earth II – Biogeochemistry &Climate (DE2)Genes and Genetic Engineering ssessment rulesTiming and format of main assessmentCHE00008HCHE00009HCHE00012H6/H10Stage 2 modulesNR of cont. assess.Closed exams wk

BSc in Chemistry, Biological and Medicinal Chemistry (F152) Chemistry and Disease – Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry Proteins in 3D Chemistry and Disease – Advanced Medicinal Chemistry Genes and Genetic Engineering The following modules can then be used to make the number up to five: Bioinspired Chemistry, Proteins in Action, Synthesis – From Nature to the Lab. Departmental policies ...