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Science and Engineering

Science and Engineering

Course Summary

This course concentrates on the core principles that underpin Science and Engineering. We focus on developing your scientific and analytical skills, whilst linking them to some of the most pressing problems facing Mankind, such as renewable energy, healthcare and climate change. The course is designed to be both intensive and challenging, and will provide you with skills that are highly valued by Universities.

Combined with a strong practical element, both lectures and seminars provide the academic framework for the Science and Engineering course. This is complemented by a range of other activities such as case studies, problem solving and project work. You will have plenty of contact with the staff who will teach you with 19 hours of contact time per week and up to 4 hours per week of English Language. This will leave any remaining time for independent learning, researching and preparing for assessments, lectures and seminars. Assessments will take a variety of different forms allowing you to demonstrate the range of skills.

The flexibility of the Science stream provides you with a range of options for continuing study and will equip you with the skills needed to enter undergraduate courses in areas such as Engineering, Chemical Engineering or the Life Sciences, depending on the options you choose.

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Core Modules

Mathematics for Physical Sciences

Mathematics and Physics are inseparable and inextricably connected. Understanding fundamental concepts of Physiccal Science without having a strong and robust knowledge of Mathematics is not possible. This module combines these two disciplines and will provide you with the opportunity to develop your Mathematics and Physics skills simultaneously. With the emphasis on developing your skills in mathematical reasoning, problem-solving, logical thinking, analysis and numeracy, you will be able to handle abstract concepts and will enhance your critical thinking. This module will prepare you for a wide range of degree level courses in Mathematics, Physics and related disciplines.

Academic Skills

Academic skills are strategies and techniques that enable you to make the most efficient use of your time and to reach your academic potential. This dynamic module will provide you with strategies and skills such as structuring arguments, decoding questions and providing peer-review feedback to prepare you for degree-level study and beyond.

Elective Modules (students must select two of the following)

Biology

With an emphasis on the development of your scientific skills, this module will focus on competences such as evidence-based reasoning, the application of quantitative analysis to interpret biological data and the evaluation of experimental design. Biology is an evidence-based science and there will be a strong experimental element to this module. In this progressive module you will also look at how biological applications can be used to solve societal problems.

Chemistry

With an emphasis on the development of your scientific skills, this module will focus on competences such as evidence-based reasoning, the application of quantitative analysis to interpret chemical data and the evaluation of experimental design. Chemistry is an evidence based science and there will be a strong experimental element to this module. In this progressive module you will also look at how chemical applications can be used to solve societal problems.

Physics

This module aims to provide familiarity with a range of important experimental techniques, practical experience of contemporary experimental equipment and a fuller understanding of a range of important physical concepts through exploring them in a range of different situations. In addition, you will have the opportunity to explore the application of a broad spectrum of fundamental science and engineering principles to real-life technological, financial, managerial and ethical problems encountered in the world today.

Please note that elective modules will not operate if fewer than ten (10) students opt to study the unit. In the event that an elective unit is unable to run, students will be required to opt for a different elective taught within the course. Please see our terms and conditions for more information.