Chemical Identification Techniques - CHEM5060

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


You will develop an understanding of the theory and application of common techniques for the chemical identification of molecular species. Techniques studied will include nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), mass spectrometry (MS), infrared and Raman spectroscopy and UV-vs spectrophotometry / fluorimetry.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 104
Total study hours: 150


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Assignment 1 – 17.5%
Assignment 2 – 17.5%
Examination (2 hours) – 65%

Indicative reading

Core (Compulsory) Text for all students taking CH506
Spectroscopic methods in organic chemistry - Dudley H. Williams, Ian Fleming, 6th edition 2008

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Knowledge and understanding of core and foundation scientific physical and chemical concepts, terminology, theory, units and conventions to chemistry and forensic science. FS/FC A1. Chem A1.
Knowledge and understanding of areas of analytical, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry as applied to chemistry and forensic science. FS/FC A3. Chem A3.
An ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to chemical identification techniques and to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems. FS/FC B1. Chem B5.
An ability to recognise and analyse novel problems related to chemical identification and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data. FS/FC B2. Chem B6.
Ability to recognise and implement good measurement science and practice and commonly used chemistry and forensic laboratory techniques. FS/FC B4. Chem B4.
Ability to interpret data derived from laboratory observations and measurements in terms of their underlying significance and the theory underpinning them. FS/FC C6. Chem C11.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team working within a professional environment. FS/FC C6. Chem C19.
Time-management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working. Self-management and organisational skills with the capacity to support life-long learning. FS/FC C6. Chem C20.
Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information, extending to situations where evaluations have to be made on the basis of limited information. FS/FC D2. Chem D15.
Information-retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including information retrieval through on-line computer searches. FS/FC D4. Chem D17.
Study skills needed for continuing professional development and professional employment. FS/FC D9. Chem D21.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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