Postgraduate Course: Concepts in Analytical Chemistry PGT (CHEM10075)
|School||School of Chemistry
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework 25%; Exam 75%
||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.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Concepts in Analytical Chemistry PGT||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Concepts in Analytical Chemistry PGT||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the importance of the analytical process and areas of applications of qualitative/quantitative analyses.
- Understand the theory underlying optical spectroscopy and X-ray crystallographic methods.
- Understand the theory underlying chromatographic separation of analytes and discuss the benefits of several chromatographic techniques.
- Understand the theory underlying mass spectrometry and interpret mass spectra to elucidate structures and properties of small molecules.
- Understand the theory underlying NMR spectroscopy and interpret NMR spectra to elucidate structures and properties of molecules.
|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.
|Graduate Attributes and 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.
|Course organiser||Dr David Clarke
Tel: (0131 6)50 4808
|Course secretary||Ms Zoe Burger
Tel: (0131 6)50 7546