Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry and Statistics and Operations Research

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry and Statistics and Operations Research

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry and Statistics and Operations Research
Course code UBSCHCHESOR
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 4 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 240
Coordinator Chemistry (Joint Area)
Emmanuel Sinagra

Statistics and Operations Research (Joint Area)
Fiona Sammut
Delivered by Faculty of Science
The Course shall consist of two parts, namely, Part One comprising the first three years and Part Two comprising the fourth year.

(1) Part One shall consist of study-units to which 180 credits are assigned and indicated in the programme of study and divided as follows:

First Year: in addition to the compulsory and elective study-units outlined in the programme of studies of the chosen areas (not less than 26 credits in each of the two areas), students are required to register for optional study-units to bring their total for the year to 60 credits,

Second Year: 30 credits in each of the two areas of study,

Third Year: 30 credits in each of the two areas of study.

At the end of Part One, students who obtain 180 credits as specified in paragraph (1) but who either opt not to proceed with the Course leading to the Honours Degree, or having proceeded, do not successfully complete the Course, shall be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.).

(2) Part Two shall consist of study-units to which 60 credits are assigned divided as follows:

(a) 40 credits in one area of study, of which 18 credits are assigned to a dissertation, and

(b) 20 credits in the other area of study,

provided that in the case of Mathematics, the dissertation may be substituted by one or more additional taught study-units.


Chemistry

The main aims of this programme are to develop in students:
• a broad and balanced appreciation of the core areas of chemistry : inorganic, organic, physical and analytical chemistry, as well as basic knowledge in macromolecular chemistry, colloids, solid-fluid and fluid-fluid interfaces, environmental chemistry, photochemistry and radiochemistry
• a range of practical skills in the main areas of chemistry: inorganic, organic, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry in order that they can understand and assess risks and work safely in a chemical laboratory
• generic skills in the context of chemistry which are transferable and thus applicable in other contexts
• the ability to apply standard methodology to the solution of problems in chemistry
• a knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to graduate employment or to further studies in chemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving chemistry.


Statistics and Operations Research

The four-year programme of studies for Statistics and Operations Research as part of the B.Sc. (Hons) degree has been designed for students to embark on a four year plan which helps them learn a number of topics considered to be fundamental in the academic disciplines of Statistics and Operations Research, and to follow fruitfully a set of accompanying study units which are oriented towards specialized areas. Due emphasis is given to the mathematical, computational and modelling aspects of Statistics and Operations Research. Students will also be guided to appreciate the research and cultural potential of Statistics and Operations Research within contemporary society. Study-units have been, and are, being designed to incorporate a blend of:

• pedagogical issues
• an acceptable degree of mathematical and logical rigour
• continuous exposure to the practical dimension of the subjects
• responsiveness to current advances in the relevant subjects
• proficiency with reference to the computational aspect of the subjects.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

For Chemistry:
A pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Chemistry and a pass at Intermediate Level at Grade C or better in either Physics or Pure Mathematics

For Statistics and Operations Research:
either a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics
or a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Computing or Information Technology together with a pass at Advanced Level at Grade D or better in Pure Mathematics

Applicants must satisfy the Special Course Requirements for both areas.

Applicants who possess a grade D when the minimum specified grade is C in only one of the required subjects, whether at Advanced or Intermediate Level, of the special course requirements indicated in the above paragraphs, shall be admitted under those conditions as the Board may impose to compensate for the qualification deficiency. If, by the end of the first year, such students do not successfully complete all the requirements to progress regularly to the second year of the Course, they shall be required to withdraw from the Course, and shall neither be entitled to repeat the year nor to progress conditionally as normally permitted under the Principal Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

The International Office at UM provides information about admission, English language requirements, and comparability of qualifications. Dedicated personnel assist international students with visas, health tests, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800
Chemistry

Knowledge and Understanding

At the end of the course students will be able to:
• recall and explain of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject areas as identified above
• apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of both qualitative and quantitative problems in chemistry
• recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution
• evaluate, interpret and produce chemical information and data
• apply theory using computer software and models
• apply information technology (IT) and data-processing skills, relating to chemical information and data
• communicate scientific material and arguments both in written and verbal form.

Practical skills

At the end of the course students will be able:
• handle chemical materials safely,
• conduct risk assessments
• document laboratory procedures involved in experimental work in organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry
• record experimental work reliably
• operate standard chemical instrumentation
• assess the limits of accuracy of experimental data.

Generic Skills

At the end of the course students will be able to:
• display skills in written and oral communication
• solve problems of both a qualitative and a quantitative nature
• apply numerical and mathematical methods areas outside the field of study.
• seek and retrieve information
• use IT effectively
• work in a group
• organise one’s work and manage time effectively.


Statistics and Operations Research

At the end of the course students will be able to:
• deal competently with the notions of uncertainty and randomness in a logically valid and mathematically sophisticated way
• know which branch of relevant theory should help in understanding practical problems involving probabilistic, statistical and operations research contexts
• be confident in the use of software commonly used in the numerical solution to problems in the relevant areas.
Chemistry

Whilst all programmes of study in Chemistry prepare graduates for a career in the chemical science and related areas such as laboratory analysis and management. The course is aimed at students who would like to have a general education in chemistry but who may want a general education in another area of study. The choice of the accompanying area of study depends on the interest of the individual student. Students who follow approved accompanying programmes may consult information on the Biology, Physics and Statistics and Operations Research programmes of study.
Chemistry

The course provides the necessary academic background for a chemistry career in industrial and teaching environments and fulfills the requirements for postgraduate studies at Masters or Doctoral level in chemistry and related subjects.


Statistics and Operations Research

Career opportunities in this area have so far included:

• National Statistics Office
• Other government departments and authorities (e.g. NAO, MFSA, Central Bank, MFSS, Communications Authority)
• Finance (e.g. banks, insurance, investment)
• Manufacturing companies
• Airline industry
• Communications industry
• Lottery and Betting companies
• Education

The course also gives access to further postgraduate studies and research positions, both at the University of Malta and overseas, and a number of our former students have pursued Masters, Doctorate and Post-doctorate positions, both locally and abroad. The course has also served as a good background for other specialized courses required by specific areas in the job market.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the second semester of the third year of the course.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Chemistry (Joint Area) applicable from 2019/0.
Click here to access the Programme of Study for Statistics and Operations Research (Joint Area) applicable from 2019/0.

Last Updated: 12 March 2019

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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