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BSc History and Philosophy of Science and Physics

Year 1

(Award available for year: Certificate of Higher Educ)

Learning outcomes

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

- demonstrate a familiarity with basic conceptual issues with respect to objectivity, truth and justification in science, as well as with the nature of technology using analytical themes and historical examples;
- obtain an overview of the history of modern science, technology & medicine;
- interpret and evaluate some key concepts and principles having to do with scientific discovery, justification, objectivity, truth, technological determinism, instrumentalism, ancient and modern science, scientific revolutions and scientific and technological change in general;
- understand and interpret historical sources relevant to the history of science;
- demonstrate an ability to appreciate the difference between taking a simple literal view and of adopting a critical interpretative approach.

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
Group Work
Problem solving
Use of IT

- skills necessary for the exercising of personal responsibility
Learning to Learn
Self management


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:
1. demonstrating the knowledge and application of standard concepts, information and techniques relevant to the discipline;
2. work that covers a restricted area of the discipline;
3. demonstrating emerging abilities, skills and competencies.


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