Module code: CHE2030

Module Overview

Enhancing a knowledge and application of analytical chemistry including an awareness of the operation of modern instruments in research and industrial environments.

Module provider


Module Leader

WARD Neil (Chemistry)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: F180

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

• understand the fundamentals of quality assurance and control in analytical chemistry; inter-laboratory comparisons, proficiency testing, spike recoveries, matrix-matching; atomic absorption spectroscopy; basic instrumentation, calibration, matrix-matching, flame and electrothermal (ETV or GF) devices, interferences, background correction, hydride generation, cold vapour, practical hints and applications (absorption) spectroscopy;

• review basic calculations in electrochemistry, understand the principles of potentiometric biosensors, cyclic voltammetry, amperometry, amperometric biosensors, and sensor applications;

• understand the basic principles of atomic fluorescence (AFS), instrumentation, analytical figures of merit; other ion selective electrode sensors, chemical sensors;

• review separation science (GC and HPLC); electrophoresis and applications; sample preparation, solvent extraction, SPE, solid sample preparation, headspace, purge and trap; band spreading, van Deemter equation, column design, qualitative and quantitative analysis, use of internal standards, applications; quality assurance and control, validation in chromatography; and

• develop the use of statistical analysis and data handling; including F and T tests (Student and Paired), y = m x + c calibration curves; calculation of the limit of detection and quantification, applications in spectroscopy.


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAM 1.5 HOURS 70

Alternative Assessment

Failure of the practical unit of assessment will be required to attend during the Late Summer Assessment period and complete a defined practical course.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate sufficient theoretical and practical skills of the above.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • practicals (proforma and full write-up) 30%

  • examination 70%.


Formative assessment

  • pre- and in-laboratory proforma

  • tutorials (2 1-hour sessions).



Verbal throughout all pre-laboratory, tutorial and pre-examination session

Written feedback on Individual and group practical work.

Module aims

  • To describe and evaluate the fundamentals of modern instrumental methods, including GC and HPLC, FAAS, AFS, chemical sensors and biosensors
  • To improve the candidates awareness of health and safety issues, including in the practical laboratory
  • To describe and evaluate the principles, instrumentation, problem solving and practical aspects of atomic spectroscopy, chromatography, chemical sensors and biosensors
  • To improve the students awareness of quality control in analytical chemistry
  • To improve the students awareness of measurement, data handling, the use of statistics and calculations for quantitative analysis

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Understand and apply the fundamental principles and operation of modern analytical techniques, including spectroscopy (FAAS, AFS), chromatography (GC, HPLC) and chemical sensors and biosensors in the laboratory environment KCP
2 Understand the implications of the provisions for COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) and Health and Safety regulations in the laboratory environment; KCP
3 Apply the operation of modern instrumental techniques coupled with an appreciation of instrumental calibration, sample analysis, problem solving, data handling and good laboratory practice; KP
4 Interpret results, use appropriate equations and statistics to evaluate the data and choose methods of data presentation for reporting results. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 84

Lecture Hours: 30

Tutorial Hours: 3

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to build on skills gained in FHEQ 4 (CHE1030):

  • develop a knowledge of the fundamentals and operation of modern analytical instruments;

  • develop a practical approach to good laboratory practice, quality control, health and safety awareness in the laboratory; and

  • enhance data handling, statistical analysis and practical analytical report writing; and to

  • develop communication skills in individual and group practicals.


The learning and teaching methods include:

  • individual and group practical sessions;

  • instrumental operation (chromatography, atomic spectroscopy, electrochemistry); and

  • data handling, statistical analysis and analytical report writing.


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemistry MChem 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation MChem 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Medicinal Chemistry MChem 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemistry BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.