Chemical Identification Techniques - CH506

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn and Spring 5 15 (7.5) DR S Holder checkmark-circle


You will develop an understanding of the theory and application of techniques for chemical identification. You will study symmetry, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), gas chromatography (GC), mass spectrometry (GCMS), infrared and Raman spectroscopy, spectrophotometry/fluorimetry, basic diffraction methods and electron spin resonance.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

29 hours of lectures, 10 hours of workshops, 4 hours of example classes, 2 hours of revision sessions.

Total study hours 150.


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Examination: 65%; Coursework: 4 Assignments, 2 workshop assignments 35%.

Indicative reading

Chang, Physical chemistry for the chemical and biological sciences.

  • Williams and Fleming, Spectroscopic methods in organic chemistry.
  • Abraham, Fisher and Loftus, Proton and carbon-13 NMR spectroscopy.
    W. Kemp, Organic Spectroscopy (3rd Ed), Macmillan 1991.
  • Anthony R. West, Solid State Chemistry and Its Applications.

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    Learning outcomes

    Knowledge and understanding of core and foundation scientific physical and chemical concepts, terminology, theory, units and conventions to chemistry and forensic science.

  • Knowledge and understanding of areas of analytical, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry as applied to chemistry and forensic science.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ability to recognise and implement good measurement science and practice and commonly used chemistry and forensic laboratory techniques.
  • Ability to interpret data derived from laboratory observations and measurements in terms of their underlying significance and the theory underpinning them.
  • Interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team working within a professional environment.
  • 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.
  • Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information, extending to situations where evaluations have to be made on the basis of limited information.
  • Information-retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including information retrieval through on-line computer searches.
  • Study skills needed for continuing professional development and professional employment.


    1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
    2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
    3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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