Analytical Chemistry for Laboratory Scientists - LABS6110

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Year 6 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle


10. A synopsis of the curriculum
The aim of the module is to increase the fundamental understanding of a range of physical techniques currently used in analytical chemistry, and to explore the potential applications of these techniques. These topics include:-

• Atomic emission/absorption spectrometry
• High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)
• Capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE)
• Ion chromatography
• Mass spectrometry and associated chromatographic techniques:
• Electro-analytical chemistry
• Optical microscopy
• Electron microscopy


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Coursework Assignment (2000 words) - 25%
2 hour Examination – 75%
The pass mark for each individual assessment is 40%. All assessments must be passed in order to pass the module

Indicative reading

G. D. Christian, (2003) Analytical Chemistry, 6th Ed. New York: Chichester, Wiley.
D. A. Skoog, D. M. West, F. J. Holler and S. R. (2014) Crouch, Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry: Student Solutions Manual, 9th Ed. Australia: Brooks/Cole.
K. A. Rubinson and J. F. Rubinson, (2000) Contemporary Instrumental Analysis, 1st Ed. Upper Saddle River (New Jersey): Prentice-Hall.
E. de Hoffman, J. J. Charette and V. Stroobant, (2001) Mass Spectrometry — Principles and Applications, 2nd Ed. Chichester: Wiley.

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of core and foundation scientific physical, biological and chemical concepts, terminology, theory, units, conventions, and laboratory methods in relation to the chemical and forensic sciences. Appreciate the areas of chemistry including analytical chemistry, including those applied to forensic analysis. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to analytical chemistry and to apply this knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitive problems.
Recognise and analyse problems involving analytical chemistry and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data by a variety of computational methods.
Collate, interpret and explain the significance and underlying theory of experimental data, including an assessment of limits of accuracy.
nterpret data derived from laboratory observations and measurements in terms of their underlying significance and the theory underpinning them.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Show the necessary skills needed to undertake further training of a professional nature.
Solve problems relating to qualitative and quantitative information, extending to situations where evaluations have to be made on the basis of limited information.
Demonstrate numeracy and computational skills, including such aspects as error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, correct use of units and modes of data presentation.
Demonstrate time-management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working, and self-management and organisational skills with the capacity to support life-long learning.
Demonstrate the study skills needed for continuing professional development and professional employment.

9.5. Demonstrate the study skills needed for continuing professional development and professional employment.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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