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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 10/01/2023 12:38:04

Title of Module: Advanced Analytical Techniques

Code: CHEM10002 SCQF Level: 10
(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:Mohammed  Yaseen

Summary of Module

This module examines a range of modern analytical chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques. Discussion topics will include the quality control in analytical measurement; methods of analysis & validation,Two dimensional NMR Structure elucidation, Raman spectroscopy, Scanning and Transmission electron microscopy,  AFM, chromatographic methods and strategy in analytical investigation.


Quality Control in Analytical Measurement

Laboratory design and method; reference methods; reference materials; traceability; accreditation schemes (NAMAS, VAM etc).

Atomic Spectroscopic Techniques

Review of atomic absorption spectrometry atomization processes in flame and electrothermal devices (ie the graphite furnace); interferences (chemical and spectral); control of chemical interferences by chemical modification and platform atomization; control of spectral interferences; application areas.

Atomic emission spectrometry - influence of temperature; excitation processes; local thermal equilibrium (LTE) conditions and non-LTE conditions, spectral interferences. Principles of inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry: instrument design and components, sample introduction methods, ion transport and mass spectral interferences, use of alternative sampling techniques and reaction cell technologies. Examples of applications including process, environmental and forensic analysis.

Chromatographic Methods

Examples and applications of combined spectroscopy-chromatographic techniques – to include GC-MS, and LC-MS. Ionisation techniques. Also IRMS. Spectral manipulation and spectral libraries. Applications to structural elucidation and determination.

Strategy in Analytical Investigation

Problems of trace analysis. Sampling extraction techniques. A general review of the use and range of techniques for problem-solving in analytical chemistry. The use of a combination of techniques in analytical investigations including approach to chemical speciation of organics and inorganics

Graduate Attribute relevant to module as shown;

Analytical, problem solver, critical, communication, motivation, thoughtful



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. Demonstrate a critical understanding of modern instrumentation and the strategies for analysis of analytes in complex matrices

L2. Demonstrate skills required to tackle complex analytical problems such as those encountered in e.g. forensic and environmental analysis

L3. Show a detailed knowledge of the complementary nature of various techniques and demonstrate the ability to identify the most suitable technique for a particular analysis

L4. 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 10.

Gaining knowledge and critical understanding of the analytical techniques which may be employed in the chemical analysis of complex multi-component samples eg in process streams and final products in fine chemical industries, forensic materials etc.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Apply knowledge of these techniques in the analysis of complex samples taking into account matrix variability.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Undertaking critical analysis of the available methodologies to devise appropriate analytical protocols for sample preparation and analysis.Be able to interpret data information from the examination of instrumental data using current professional approaches.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Use the wide range of skills expected of a professional scientist to present information in written and verbal reports. Using appropriate numerical and analytical skills to interpret and evaluate complex spectro-analytical data generated from laboratory exercises and ‘dry-lab’ exercises.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Working effectively with others in laboratory environment and identifying and addressing individual/personal learning needs in the subject area associated with the module. Exercising autonomy and initiative in practical and problem based learning.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Analytical Chemistry
Other:or equivalent
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 at a more advanced level 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 Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop12
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:

Egerton R. (2016) Physical Principles of Electron Microscopy: An Introduction to be TEM, SEM, and AEM (Springer) ISBN 978-3-319-39877-8

Anwar Ul-Hamid, (2018) A Beginners' Guide to Scanning Electron Microscopy (Springer) ISBN 978-3-319-98482-7

Wenkui Li, Jie Zhang, Francis L.S. (2013), Handbook of LC-MS Bioanalysis: Best Practices, Experimental Protocols, and Regulations Wiley ISBN 9781118159248

Yaseen, M., Cowsill, B J. Lu, J R.; (2012) Coating Characterisation Techniques in Coatings for biomedical applications, Woodhead Publishing, edited by M Driver, Series in Biomaterials No. 37.

Langman L. J.; Snozek C. L. H. (2019) LC-MS in Drug Analysis, (Humana Press) ISBN 978-1-4939-8823-5

Santinder, A (2010) Chiral separation methods for pharmaceutical and biotechnological products (Wiley) ISBN 9780470406915

Schlucker S. (2010) Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy: Analytical, Biophysical and Life Science Applications, Wiley, ISBN: 978-3-527-32567-2

Procházka, M; (2016 ) Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (Springer) ISBN 978-3-319-23992-7

Thomas R. (2013) “Practical Guide to ICP-MS: a tutorial for beginners” 3rd Edition, Taylor & Francis, ISBN: 978-1-4665-5543-3

Robinson. J. W. E. Frame M. S. and Frame G. M. (2014) “Undergraduate instrumental analysis” 7th Edition,. Taylor & Francis, ISBN: 978-1-4200-6135-2

Some further classic reading;

McMaster M and McMaster C (2008), GC/MS A Pratical User’s Guide, 2nd Edition Wiley ISBN: 978-0-470-10163-6

Edmond De Hoffmann (2007), Mass Spectrometry Third Edition: Principles and Applications, Wiley ISBN 978-0-470-03310-4

Smith W. E. and Dent G. (2005) Modern Raman Spectroscopy – A Practical Approach, Wiley, ISBN: 9780471497943

Subramanian, G (2007) Chiral separation techniques : a practical approach (Wiley- VCH) ISBN 9783527315093, please note a 2000 edition also.

(**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 Callum McHugh
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)
Formal Written Examination (60%)
Coursework: written assignment (15%), laboratory reports (15%), Short test (10%)
(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) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Unseen open bookcheck markcheck markcheck mark 602

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check markcheck markcheck mark 101
Essaycheck markcheck markcheck mark 151
Laboratory/ Clinical/ Field notebook   check mark1511
Combined Total For All Components100% 15 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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