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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 10/01/2023 12:34:09

Title of Module: Analytical Chemistry

Code: CHEM09002 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Iain  McLellan

Summary of Module

The following topic materials will be presented:

Chromatography: A more extended treatment of sorption mechanisms and fundamental concepts in chromatography - plate theory, Van Deemter treatment and capacity factor as applicable to Gas Chromatography (GC) and High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) will be presented together with coverage of the principles of operation of detectors, types and selection of stationary phase; capillary columns and instrumental requirements. Quantitative procedures as applicable to chromatographic methods in general will be detailed.

Atomic Spectroscopy: instrumentation, sample vaporisation, quantitative measurements and interferences. Molecular absorption spectrometry; uv/visible and infrared. Quantitative methods, internal standards. Fluorescence analysis; principles and applications.

Voltammetry: electrode systems; DC polarography, characteristics, ; pulse polarography normal and differential, detection limits and resolution. Stripping voltammetry, cathodic and anodic, linear sweep and differential pulse; applications, limitations and interferences. Potentiometry; ion-selective electrodes, calibration and selectivity, detection limits and response times; theory and construction of electrodes, glass, liquid ion-exchange, neutral carrier and insoluble salt types; applications and limitations of ion-selective electrodes. Introduction to electrochemical sensors. Gas sensors e.g. Clark cell (oxygen sensor), CO2, NH3.

The use of carbon and proton NMR spectroscopy for structure identification.

A series of laboratory exercises designed to reinforce and complement the lecture material.

The Graduate Attributes relevant to this module are:

  • Academic:  critical thinker, analytical problem solving, autonomy, group work
  • Personal:  motivation, time keeping
  • Vocational:  collaboration, research, analytical techniques
  • This module will be prefaced with a review of the scope and philosophy of analytical chemistry. Choice of method, sampling collection and preparation. A series of laboratory exercises designed to reinforce and complement the lecture material by application of instrumental techniques to “real” samples as far as practicable will be completed.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Display knowledge of modern instrumental analysis, particularly chromatography, spectroscopy and electrochemistry

L2. Show critical understanding of importance of sampling, pretreatment, calibration and data handling for the significance and reliability of derived results

L3. Acquire and develop analytical and associated data handling and processing skills in a series of laboratory instrumental chemical analytical experiments

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Broad integrated knowledge of the fundamental techniques of chromatography, spectroscopy and electrochemistry available to the analytical scientist.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Undertake a series of experiments featuring the above techniques in both a qualitative and quantitative context in the analysis of ‘real’ samples.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Undertaking critical analysis of the available methodologies to devise appropriate analytical protocols.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Bringing information together from a variety of sources, using information retrieval systems and appropriate IT skills, to produce written reports for assignments and laboratory exercises.

Using appropriate numerical and mathematical skills to evaluate analytical data generated from laboratory exercises and ‘dry-lab’ exercises

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Working effectively with others in laboratory environment and identifying and addressing individual/personal learning needs in the subject area associated with the module

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Chemical Analysis & Evaluation
Other:or equivalent, or suitable appropriate background
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module covers a wide variety of theoretical, conceptual and practical areas, which require a range of knowledge and skills to be displayed and exercised. Delivery of its syllabus content therefore involves a diversity of teaching and assessment methods suitable to the learning outcomes of the module; these include formal lectures, structured tutorials (work closely integrated with the lecture material), laboratory exercises to develop practical skills and familiarisation with equipment and experimental techniques, completion and submission of written coursework making use of appropriate forms of IT and VLE, and independent study.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery20
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity8
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop20
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

D A Skoog, D A West ,F J Holler and S R Crouch "Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry" 9th Edition

Robinson, J.W., Frame, E.M.S. and Frame, G.M. (2014) "Undergraduate instrumental anaysis" CRC Press

Braithwaite, A. and Smith, F.J. "Chromatographic methods"

Lundanes, E., reubaset, L. and Greibrokk, T. "Chromatography: basic principles, sample preparations and related methods" Wiley VCH

NMR Self Learning Text, M Rateb

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardPhysical Sciences
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelPhysical Sciences
ModeratorDr Mostafa Rateb
External ExaminerM Paterson
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) as part of the BSc (Hons) Chemistry Programme.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
End of term adapted assessment (50%)
Coursework: Laboratory work/reports + written tutorial work (50%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Workbook/ Laboratory notebook/ Diary/ Training log/ Learning logcheck markcheck markcheck mark5036
Combined Total For All Components100% 38 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is suitable for any student with appropriate chemistry background, however it should be noted that in order for you to complete this module the laboratory element of coursework will require to be undertaken, disability support can be provided where necessary, consequently, if disability support is needed to complete this part of the module, then the University’s Health and Safety Officer should be consulted to make sure that safety in the laboratory is not compromised.

Current University Policy on Equality and Diversity applies.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

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