Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Advanced Instrumental Analysis

Course summary

Course code: CHEM1108
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Pharm, Chemical and Envi Science
Course Coordinator(s): Jeremy Everett

Specification

Aims

This course aims to introduce, develop and secure a coherent strategy for the acquisition and interpretation of analytical data directed towards the solution of chemical/pharmaceutical problems.

The specific aims are:
- To develop an understanding of the appropriate use of analytical methods.
- Critically review the scientific literature in order to gain understanding of the applications of modern instrumental methods
- Develop an understanding of the advantages and limitations for instrumental techniques.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

1 Make a valid choice of method or methods for a particular type of analysis, based upon a knowledge of the analyte, its level, complexity, number of samples and possible interferences.
2 Apply appropriate analytical methods to the solution of specific problems in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry.
3 Demonstrate an ability to carry out independent study on specialised topics and carry out a critical evaluation.

Indicative content

- The theory and practice of product and process sampling and sampling methodology applied to the instrumental methods mentioned below

- A review of important analytical techniques which can be used in the chemical/pharmaceutical industry including chromatographic and coupled techniques and spectroscopic techniques including mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, scanning probe microscopy/atomic force microscopy and nano-thermal analysis

Teaching and learning activity

The lecture programme will explain underlying principles and applications. Seminars will be student-based, integrating scientific knowledge and sharpening problem solving and critical thought skills.

Assessment

Essay - 40% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcome 2.
Outline Details - The lecture programme will explain underlying principles and applications. Seminars will be student-based, integrating scientific knowledge and sharpening problem solving and critical thought skills. 2000 words. Word limit 100 words +/- 10%

Exam - 60% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1 - 3.
2 hours.

Students are not required to pass all elements of summative assessment in order to pass the course.

Formative Assessment - The principle element of formative assessment supporting student learning is achieved via IT laboratory data analysis work, where students are able to put into practice the theoretical elements from the lectures. In addition, there is support from lecturers in CHEM1107 lectures and additional Tutorial support.