Higher Certificate
Programme Code: Dk_SPHAR_6
Mode of Delivery:Full Time, Part Time
No. of Semesters:5
NFQ Level:6
Programme Credits:120
Department:Applied Sciences

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the learner should be able to :

PO1Knowledge - Breadth
 (a)Specialised knowledge of a broad area. The learner is expected to have a good grounding in:
- a broadly-based scientific core
- basic mathematics
- elements of specialisation in a particular sub-field of science
PO2Knowledge - Kind
 (a)Some theoretical concepts and abstract thinking with significant underpinning theory. The learner is expected to have a good grounding in:
- the terminology, nomenclature, and/or classification systems appropriate to the subject area
- the general principles of the subject area, including relevant concepts and theories
- relevant legal, quality and regulatory frameworks
- basic methods and scientific techniques for acquiring, processing, analysing and presenting subject-specific information
PO3Skill - Range
 (a)Demonstrate comprehensive range of specialised skills and tools. The learner will be able to: - apply a range of broadly-based scientific laboratory skills to perform routine tasks accurately
- select, gather and record data accurately
- work to set targets
- operate a range of laboratory and other relevant equipment safely
- apply basic numerical and statistical analysis skills
- maintain basic records of activities present scientific results to peers
- use standard computer-based office applications
PO4Skill - Selectivity
 (a)Formulate responses to well-defined abstract problems. The learner will be able to:
- respond to problems and opportunities that are likely to be encountered by a technician, working in a structured and managed environment
- participate in the day-to-day operations of a scientific industry, or other scientific work setting
- assess and optimise the performance of scientific equipment
PO5Competence - Context
 (a)Act in a range of varied and specific contexts involving creative and non-routine activities: transfer and apply theoretical concepts and/or technical or creative skills to a range of contexts. The learner will be able to:
- follow documented scientific procedures and approved validation and quality assurance procedures to accurately gather, record and process technical information
- follow documented scientific procedures to perform routine tasks in structured/managed work settings
- behave responsible in a work setting
- work in accordance with current health and safety regulations;
PO6Competence - Role
 (a)Exercise substantial personal autonomy and often take responsibility for the work of others and/or for allocation of resources, form and function within, multiple complex and heterogeneous groups. The learner will be able to:
- work individually on routine tasks
- contribute effectively and participate in a science based team
- participate and contribute constructively in a structured team environment across core scientific disciplines
- be self-directed in terms of time, motivation and planning and be self-aware and be open and sensitive to others
- accept and exercise personal responsibility
- work under guidance within allocated responsibility;
PO7Competence - Learning to Learn
 (a)Learn to evaluate own learning and identify needs within a structured learning environment; assist others in identifying learning need. The learner will be able:
- demonstrate familiarity with the principles of self-directed learning
- evince a commitment to continuing education and lifelong learning
PO8Competence - Insight
 (a)Express an internalised, personal world view, reflecting engagement with others. The learner will be able to:
- demonstrate an awareness of relevant social and ethical issues;

Semester Schedules

Stage 1 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
PHYS S7Z03 Physics Through PBL 1

Stage 1 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
PHYS S7Z04 Physics Through PBL 2

Stage 2 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
INST S7Z02 Analytical Science

Stage 2 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
SCIAS7Z01 Molecular Bioscience ( Part 1 of 2 )
CHEM S7013 Pharmaceutical Processing

Stage 3 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
SCIAS7Z01 Molecular Bioscience ( Part 2 of 2 )