Module code: CHE2035

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

CREAN Carol (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

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

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 4

Independent Learning Hours: 69

Lecture Hours: 10

Tutorial Hours: 4

Laboratory Hours: 28

Guided Learning: 10

Captured Content: 25

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;

  • review separation science (GC and HPLC); solid phase extraction for purification and preconcentration; critical fluid extraction;

  • 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 Online ONLINE OPEN BOOK EXAM 80

Alternative Assessment

Failure in the laboratory may require re-assessment through a defined practical examination

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:

  • Examination - 1.5 hours (80%) – Learning outcomes 1 & 3.

  • Evaluation of laboratory portfolio (20%) - Learning outcomes 2, 3 & 4.

Formative assessment

  • pre- and in-laboratory proforma

  • tutorials (3 1-hour sessions).


General feedback is provided to all the students during the pre-laboratory sessions and tutorials. All the students receive individual written feedback for their practical reports.

Module aims

  • To describe and evaluate the fundamentals of modern instrumental methods, including GC and HPLC, FAAS, GFAAS and AFS
  • To improve student 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 and chromatography
  • To improve student awareness of quality control in analytical chemistry
  • To improve student awareness of measurement, data handling, the use of statistics and calculations for quantitative analysis

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand and apply the fundamental principles and operation of modern analytical techniques, including spectroscopy (FAAS, GFAAS, AFS) and chromatography (GC, HPLC) in the laboratory environment KCP
002 Understand the implications of the provisions for COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) and Health and Safety regulations in the laboratory environment KCP
003 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
004 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

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to build on skills gained in FHEQ 4 (Principles of Analytical Chemistry):

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

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

  3. enhance data handling, statistical analysis and practical analytical report writing; and

  4. develop communication skills in individual and group practicals.

The learning and teaching methods include:

Combination of lectures (25 hours), practical sessions (35 hours) and tutorials (3 hours)

  • 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
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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
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
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 2021/2 academic year.