Separation Science - LABS5090

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Year 5 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle


A synopsis of the curriculum
Introduction to separation science.
Extraction methods
• Principles
• Equipment
• Applications
• Advantages and disadvantages.
Chromatographic theory.
Chromatographic techniques – principles, equipment and applications
• Thin layer chromatography (TLC)
• Gas Chromatography (GC)
• High Performance Liquid Chromatography


Contact hours

Blended Distance learning:
Contact Hours: 120
Private Study Hours: 30
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

2 assignments 20% (10% each)
Portfolio 30% - composed of individual assignments where topics are applied to the workplace
2 hr Exam 50% - composed of MCQs (20%) and standard-length questions (30%)
The pass mark for each individual assessment is 40%. All assessments must be passed in order to pass the module.

Indicative reading

Snyder, Lloyd R; Dolan, John W; Kirkland, J. J. (2010) Introduction to modern liquid chromatography , 3rd Ed. Wiley.
Watson, D.G. (2005) Pharmaceutical Analysis: A textbook for pharmacy students. Livingstone.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate a good understanding of general methods for separation of components from a mixture.
Explain the key principles of extraction methods such as liquid-liquid extraction, solid-liquid extraction and solid phase extraction.
Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of chromatography, especially as applied to high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).
Describe chromatographic techniques, such as thin layer chromatography, gas chromatography and HPLC.
Demonstrate a good understanding of different modes of separation.
Interpret any given chromatogram and derive all relevant information from it.
Predict the behaviour of molecules in separations and suggest ways in which separations may be improved.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate the development of practical/technical skills
Analyse, evaluate and correctly interpret data
Communicate and present data effectively
Obtain and use information from a variety of sources as part of self-directed learning.
Manage their time and use their organisation skills within the context of self-directed learning.


  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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