Science at Swansea University incorporates a range of subjects, from biology through to zoology. All these subjects bring together a range of research centres and provide an understanding of the world we live in. Swansea University is renowned for its research excellence in aquaculture, climate change, geo-informatics, geography, glaciology and zoology.
Successful completion of this pathway will lead to the award of one of the following from Swansea University:
- Biology, BSc (Hons)
- Environmental Geoscience, BSc (Hons)
- Geography, BSc (Hons)
- Geography and Geographical Information Science, BSc (Hons)
- Human Geography, BA (Hons)
- Marine Biology, BSc (Hons)
- Physical Geography, BSc (Hons)
- Zoology, BSc (Hons)
Foundation Year Modules
Students of Science are required to undertake EIGHT of the below modules. The required modules will vary depending on your chosen degree pathway.
Analytical Techniques 1
This module is intended to provide students of engineering and science with knowledge of the fundamentals of the branch of pure mathematics known as analysis. The module reviews the aspects of classical pure mathematics and leads into the development of a rigorous foundation for the study of calculus, matrices and complex numbers.
Assessment: Weekly homework, mid-term test, examination
Covering topics such as enzyme action, genetics, the cell cycle, health and disease, evolution and ecology amongst others, this module has been designed to be delivered in conjunction with the standard Stage 1 programmes in science.
Assessment: In-class test, examination
As a sister module to Biology 2 this course expands the analysis of cells and their functions, evolution, transport systems and ecology.
Assessment: In-class test, examination
Composition and Style
Aiming to assist students in improving their academic performance in terms of writing and presenting, Composition and Style dedicates time to allowing students to understand the importance of feedback and reflection in order to improve future performance. The module therefore provides students with the fundamental knowledge base and skills required at undergraduate level.
Assessment: Essays, examination
The module provides students with a fundamental knowledge base and intellectual skills associated with thinking critically. Also covered is understanding the basic requirements for building and consolidating a reasoned argument, issues of neutrality and bias and an emphasis is placed on the issue of the credibility of ideas, texts and evidence.
Assessment: In-class tests, essay
Comprehensive understanding of current ICT issues is essential in the modern world. Through this module students will gain the skills to equip them in the use of common productivity and content management software programmes. This module will emphasise the use of Microsoft Windows packages including PowerPoint, Excel and Word as a platform for further study.
Assessment: Class test (unweighted)
This module provides students with an understanding of environmental phenomena issues and their relationship to the various engineering disciplines. The module considers the universe from its birth and covers subjects such as evolution up until more recent human impacts such as climate change.
Assessment: Reports, group work
Addressing fundamental aspects of Globalisation and the realities of today’s world, this module considers the economic, political, technological and social forces currently impacting on globalisation, providing an insight into the implications of continued globalisation on Multi-National Corporations and global trade.
Assessment: Presentation, examination
Interactive Learning Skills and Communication
This module has been designed to help students develop their academic literacy and communication skills in preparation for undergraduate study and to understand the institutional culture, practices, rules and expectations of British higher education in an international academic context and community.
Assessment: presentations, group work, research report, referencing
This module provides students with knowledge of the fundamental aspects of mass communication. It offers an introduction to concepts used in media discourse and, in particular, how these are used in discussions of the media and reality. Communication is a central theme throughout the module and the different forms this may take in a culture e.g. film, TV, semiotics and advertising.
Assessment: Essay, case study, presentation
This module fosters fundamental knowledge in chemistry and intellectual skills requisite for successful completion of the prescribed degree schemes of Swansea University. Topics covered include but are not limited to; the periodic table, chemical bonding, reaction kinetics, acids and bases and thermodynamics.
Assessment: Weekly homework, in-class test, examination
Designed to support the development of fundamental knowledge in organic chemistry and intellectual skills, this module covers such topics as analysis and evaluation of scientific knowledge and methods, hydrocarbons, alcohols and ethers, acids and amines and more.
Assessment: Weekly homework, mid-term exam, examination
Here an introduction to statistical concepts within the context of business, industry and government is provided to students. Numerous data sources are employed including business, sport, medicine, physical science, engineering sciences, biological science and social science. This module provides an opportunity for meaningful interpretation of statistical information and results through a variety of statistical measures
First Year Modules
As this course is an Integrated First Year, students are required to study 120 credits of Swansea University Modules.
These modules can be found on The College of Science’s section of the website.
In addition, students must study the following College modules:
Research and Study Skills (ILSC) 1
This module aims to help students to develop their academic English, communication, research, and critical reasoning skills to be successful undergraduate students. A subsidiary aim of this module is to ensure that students develop transferable skills that help them to take responsibility for their personal, academic and professional development.
Assessment: Presentation, group work, written assessments
Academic Support Tutorial
The aim of the support tutorials is to provide academic support and guidance to students on a year 1 Integrated programme with The College, Swansea University. Each pathway has a distinct Academic Support Tutorial allowing students to receive tailored support in areas such as progression, discussion and debate, communication and organisation.