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Postgraduate Course: Concepts in Analytical Chemistry PGT (CHEM10075)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide training in the foundational principles of analytical chemistry. The scientific method will be introduced and the key concepts of the analytical approach will be discussed (defining the problem, sampling, sample preparation, measurement, evaluation and interpretation). Several important analytical techniques will be discussed including spectroscopy, chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance, and mass spectrometry. The course forms a part of the curriculum for any student enrolled on the PGT MSc degree course in Analytical Chemistry.
Course description The course consists of 30 lectures divided into five lecture modules. The emphasis of the course is to introduce the analytical method and the theoretical basis of several key analytical techniques (spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, chromatography, NMR spectroscopy, x-ray crystallography) and highlighting their importance in modern analytical chemistry. Each lecture module is followed by a tutorial class session where problems arising from the content can be discussed.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7.5, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 25%; Exam 75%
Feedback Each lecture module has an associated tutorial. This will provide students with practice at problem-solving and tackling coursework-like questions. It is also an opportunity for students to discuss any issues pertaining to the lecture course. Feedback will be provided for coursework.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Concepts in Analytical Chemistry PGT3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Concepts in Analytical Chemistry PGT3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the importance of the analytical process and areas of applications of qualitative/quantitative analyses.
  2. Understand the theory underlying optical spectroscopy and X-ray crystallographic methods.
  3. Understand the theory underlying chromatographic separation of analytes and discuss the benefits of several chromatographic techniques.
  4. Understand the theory underlying mass spectrometry and interpret mass spectra to elucidate structures and properties of small molecules.
  5. Understand the theory underlying NMR spectroscopy and interpret NMR spectra to elucidate structures and properties of molecules.
Reading List
Analytical Chemistry, S. P. J. Higson, Oxford

Mass Spectrometry, J. McCullagh and N. Oldham, Oxford

Further material pertaining to individual course will be provided by each lecturer.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Note-taking skills.
Numerical data interpretation and analysis.
Unseen problem solving skills.
The ability to define a scientific problem accurately and determine the most appropriate technique to address a range of analytical chemistry problems.
KeywordsAnalytical Chemistry
Course organiserDr David Clarke
Tel: (0131 6)50 4808
Course secretaryMs Zoe Burger
Tel: (0131 6)50 7546
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