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BSc Natural Sciences

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Science)

Learning outcomes

In addition to the outcomes achieved in Years 1 & 2, on completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed subject knowledge and professional competencies in two disciplines, some of which will be informed by recent research/scholarship in the natural sciences;
- deploy accurately standard techniques of analysis and enquiry appropriate within the disciplines studied in the natural sciences;
- demonstrate a conceptual understanding which enables the development and sustaining of an argument;
- show an ability to tackle unseen and open-ended problems in the two disciplines studies, applying a range of approaches, including interdisciplinary approaches that apply concepts across the two disciplines.
- describe and comment on particular aspects of recent research and/or scholarship;
- appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in the natural sciences;
- make appropriate use of scholarly reviews and primary sources;
- demonstrate independent critical thinking in assessing information and creativity in tackling problems in the natural sciences;
- communicate complex ideas in the natural sciences using a variety of mediums, including oral and written formats.
- apply their knowledge and understanding in order to initiate and carry out an extended piece of work or project with appropriate health and safety and ethical considerations;
- conform to professional boundaries and norms where applicable.

Transferable (key) skills

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

- the transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to the area(s) studied;
- the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
- the deployment of decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;
- the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;
- the ability to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.


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 ability to apply a broad range of aspects of the natural sciences;
- work that draws on a wide variety of material;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion.


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