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BSc Natural Sciences

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- demonstrate a familiarity with the basic concepts, information, practical competencies and techniques which are standard features of the natural sciences;

- use basic generic and subject specific intellectual qualities ie
> be able to communicate the results of their work;
> present a structured and coherent simple argument;
> be able to interpret and evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of the natural sciences;
> be able to design and conduct practical experiments;
> evaluate qualitative and/or quantitative data;

- demonstrate an ability to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to problem solving associated with the natural sciences;
- appreciate their strengths and weaknesses as learners;
- demonstrate an awareness of professional and disciplinary boundaries.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

- qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment related to the subject area(s) studied;
- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility.

Assessment

Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the natural sciences;
- work that covers a restricted area of the natural sciences;
- demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies.

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