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BSc Interdisciplinary Science with Foundation Year

Year 1

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic concepts and principles associated with study of the core disciplines of mathematics and chemistry and either biology, geosciences, or physics;
2. Demonstrate understanding of scientific method and nature of science by applying mathematical understanding to the description of natural phenomena;
3. Application of subject specific knowledge which will allow students in relation to an identified STEM or Healthcare undergraduate degree programme;
4. Relate the interdisciplinary connections between biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics, and physics;
5. Engage in a learning practice which is modelled on continual assessment, formative and summative, across the modules and reflection on feedback in order to feedforward and inform future learning;
6. Identify key ethical issues associated with scientific disciplines;
7. Describe examples of the global and cultural dimensions in the core sciences;
8. Evaluate and develop personal academic capabilities (strengths and weaknesses) using metacognitive approaches;
9. Demonstrate a competence in a laboratory environment using a range of techniques, apparatus and representation of data; and
10. Evidence an understanding of the university procedures and higher education environment through such practices as attendance, resources, examinations, digital literacy, and academic writing/referencing conventions by successful completion of the academic year.

Transferable (key) skills

- ability to analyse and critically evaluate information / experimental results and to draw valid conclusions;
- scientific and mathematical skills required for basic enquiry along with the ability to communicate information, understanding, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms;
- ability to make effective and critical use of digital literacy for their learning;
- ability to plan for their own personal and professional development.


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of different types of assessment methods as outlined in the module learning outcomes. To support the development of a student’s learning practice modelled by continual assessment across the modules, students will have the opportunity to:
- evidence understanding of relevant concepts and theoretical perspectives in the disciplines covered on the course;
- demonstrate a range of practical techniques associated with experimental science;
- use of a range of formats for assessed work that develop skills which mirrors the academic formats across the progression pathways;
- to test and evaluate scientific concepts.


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