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A three-year theoretical and practical programme of study at the Faculty of Physical Sciences, School of Engineering and Natural Sciences of the University of Iceland. It provides 180 credit ECTS units and qualifies for the degree of baccalaureus scientiarum, BS. Entrance requirements are a student examination from a secondary school which must include at least 21 credits in mathematics and a total of 30 credits in science, at least 6 credits in physics, 6 in chemistry and 6 in biology.
Type of knowledge
The student should have acquired extensive knowledge and understanding in one or more specialized areas of chemistry. The scope of knowledge shall cover the most recent findings in the subject.
Knowledge, ability and skills
On completion of his studies the student should be able to demonstrate knowledge, ability and skills as follows:
1. Knowledge and understanding
1.1. The student has knowledge of the basic principles of mathematics, physics and theories which are relevant to chemistry.
1.2. The student has a knowledge in all the main fields of chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry and organic chemistry.
1.3. The student has basic knowledge in biochemistry.
1.4. The student has acquired knowledge and understanding in all major fields of analytical chemistry.
1.5. The student knows the appropriate scientific approaches and technical methods used in the subject: observations, experiments, modelling, and theoretical interpretations as well as methods used in the analysis of data and experimental results.
2. Practical ability and skills
2.1. The student is able to design and perform experiments and sampling programmes in the laboratory bearing in mind the various technical, logistical, safety and ethical limitations.
2.2. The student is able to use appropriate basic laboratory equipment efficiently and safely and understands its basic functionality and limitations.
2.3. The student is able to analyse and interpret quantitative information in graphs, figures, tables and equations.
2.4. The student is able to explain the principles and limitations of a range of more advanced practical techniques.
2.5. The student is able to use appropriate software packages to analyse data or to make prediction calculations.
3. Theoretical skills
3.1. The student has knowledge and understanding of the most important theories, concepts and methods of chemistry.
3.2. The student is able to collect and retrieve appropriate chemical information, select it, classify and collate as appropriate.
3.3. The student is able to evaluate primary and secondary evidence and arguments.
3.4. The student is able to integrate and link information from different course components, including material studied in different years and from different dsiciplines.
3.5. The student is able to plan and execute a presented research task.
4. Communication skills and information literacy
4.1. The student is able to work in a team and direct the work of others in collecting and communicating information by means of reports and presentations.
4.2. The student is able to communicate orally and in writing about his subject, write clear reports including graphical and numerical data and present such material orally.
4.3. The student is able to use a networked computer for: a) normal file management; b) word processing, sreadshett calclations, e-mail; c) search and use web-based files and databases.
5. Learning skills
5.1. The student is able to study independently, plan and organise his work and time and meet targets within deadlines.
5.2. The student has acquired the necessary learning skills and ability to maintain and augment his knowledge by acquiring and reading appropriate information.
5.3. The student has adopted an independent and critical frame of mind, a broadness of mind and originality which benefits his studies and work.