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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Analytical Chemistry PGT (CHEM11083)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will provide advanced teaching in a range of analytical and measurement techniques.

The physical basis for each technique will be discussed in detail. Theoretical knowledge will be supported by a selection of case studies to emphasise the applications of these techniques to solve complex analytical problems. 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 content of these courses builds on the fundamental knowledge delivered in Foundations of Analytical Chemistry. Each lecture module describes advanced theory and applications of a single analytical technique or group of related techniques. Emphasis is given on the applications of these techniques in the modern analytical chemistry laboratory. The strengths and limitations of each will be discussed and the requirement for the application of a range of complementary techniques to answer complex analytical challenges will be highlighted. The following topics are included in this course:

· Optical spectroscopic techniques. Including fluorescence techniques such as FRET, fluorescence lifetime and single molecule; vibrational techniques such as Raman spectroscopy (SERS, SORS, SERRS, TERS).

· Chromatography techniques. An in depth look at chromatographic theory. GC, HPLC and UPLC methods. Chromatography method development and problem solving.

· Mass spectrometry, Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry, and related gas phase techniques such as ion mobility spectroscopy. An in depth look at high resolution MS analysers. The application of mass spectrometry to proteomics and metabolomics.

· NMR spectroscopy (including homonuclear and heteronuclear multidimensional NMR techniques, DOSY techniques, quantitative NMR (qNMR), and reaction monitoring by NMR).

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 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 7.5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Summative Assessment Hours 12, Revision Session Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 136 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exam (75%) and Coursework (25%)
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.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Advanced Analytical Chemistry3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show an understanding of the theory and application of several techniques in analytical chemistry.
  2. Apply this knowledge to select and justify appropriate techniques for chemical analyses, molecular measurements or data analyses.
  3. Develop responses to problems and issues in aspects of analytical chemistry and data analysis.
  4. Apply a set of numerical skills for solving quantitative analytical chemistry and data analysis problems.
  5. Demonstrate a professional approach to autonomy and time-management in relation to self-study.
Reading List
To be provided by individual course lecturers.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Note-taking skills
2. Numerical data interpretation and analysis
3. Unseen problem solving skills
KeywordsAnalytical Chemistry
Course organiserDr David Clarke
Tel: (0131 6)50 4808
Course secretaryMs Zoe Burger
Tel: (0131 6)50 7546
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