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CHEM1040 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry

Module Overview

Analytical Chemistry is a measurement science consisting of a set of powerful ideas and methods that provide qualitative or quantitative information about the chemical composition of a sample. Analytical measurements are required in a wide range of fields beyond the chemical industry such as biochemistry and the pharmaceutical industry, enivronmental sciences, forensic sciences, and the food industry amongst others. The module will provide an introduction into the fundamentals of chemical analysis, including an understanding of some of the most important analytical techniques today (titration and gravimetric analysis, spectroscopic methods including UV-visible, fluorescence, Raman, IR and atomic absorption, chromatography, mass spectrometry, and electroanalysis).

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The module aims to equip the students with the fundamental knowledge of the theory behind many techniques in analytical chemistry and their use in range of applications, as well as the statistical treatment of data and the limitations of the various techniques.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • understand the underlying theoretical basis of analytical techniques including titration and gravimetric analysis, spectroscopic methods including UV-visible, fluorescence, Raman, IR and atomic absorption, chromatography, mass spectrometry, and electroanalysis;
  • be able to select the appropriate analytical methods to evaluate a sample;
  • critcally evaluate data from a variety of analytical chemsitry techniques and apply knowledge of the statistical analysis of data;
  • have develped the skills required to work as a member of a group;
  • be aware of current developments in the field of analytical chemistry.

Syllabus

The basics of analytical chemistry and statistical analysis Electroanalytical methods Separation techniques and mass spectrometry Spectroscopic methods in analytical Chemistry

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods: Lectures, directed reading, Seminars, Bb online support. Learning methods: Independent study, group work, student motivated peer group study, student driven tutor support

TypeHours
Practical classes and workshops8
Follow-up work24
Revision20
Preparation for scheduled sessions24
Completion of assessment task52
Lecture22
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

D.A. Skoog, D.M. West. Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry. 

Seamus P.J. Higson (2006). Analytical Chemistry. 

Assessment

Formative

Seminar

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 34%
Group presentation 33%
Group report 33%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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