Department of Computer Science
Chemistry can be defined as the science that studies systematically the composition, properties and reactivity of matter at the atomic and molecular level. Since matter is everything that can be touched, made visible, smelt or tasted, it follows that the scope of chemistry as a subject is very broad. The nature of chemistry is such that there are no distinct boundaries between the various branches of the subject. The subject comprises of organic chemistry-the chemistry of most substances containing the element carbon; Inorganic chemistry-the chemistry of all other substances; physical chemistry-the application of concepts and laws to chemical phenomena; and analytical chemistry, which is concerned with the identification and quantification of materials and the determination of composition.
Chemistry programmes are relevant to employment across the chemical science profession. Many higher education providers also award chemistry degrees with titles denoting a specialisation, for example medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry and environmental chemistry. It is accepted that the extent study and the depth at which individual topics are treated, varies with the nature of specific chemistry programmes. It is however critical for employers of chemists that specialist learning objective in terms of chemistry are reflected in the title of the degree. It reflects the vocational nature of chemistry, as the higher education providers offer degree programmes that incorporate a period of study in industry. Such placements are designed on the basis of an agreed programme of work acceptable to both the higher education provider and the partner organization.
The general aims of degree programme in chemistry are:
To instil in students an enthusiasm for chemistry, an appreciation of its application in different contexts, and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.
To provide students with broad and balanced knowledge and understanding of key chemical concepts.
To develop in students a range of practical skills so that they can understand and assess risks and work safely and competently in the laboratory.
To develop in students the ability to apply standard methodology to the solution of problems in chemistry.
To provide students with knowledge and skill towards employment or higher education in chemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving chemistry.
To provide students with the ability to plan and carry out experiments independently and assess the significance of outcomes.
To develop in students the ability to adapt and apply methodology to the solution of unfamiliar types of problems.
To instill critical awareness of advances at the forefront of chemical sciences.
To prepare students effectively for professional employment or research degrees in chemical sciences.