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Undergraduate Course: Analytical Chemistry Level 10 (CHEM10012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course covers both the theory and application of a number of techniques in analytical chemistry, as well as instruction in the general principles of sampling and analysis and in the statistical presentation and testing of data.

The course comprises individual component lecture courses and associated tutorials or workshops.
Course description The course includes the following content:
- different strategies for sampling
- quality assurance procedures in support of an analytical measurement
- calibration curves and statistical procedures to extract quantitative information from a measurement
- basic parametric and non-parametric significance tests on data
- introduction to the theory underpinning chromatographic separation and analyte resolution
- optimisation and application of a range of different chromatographic techniques
- the principles of different types of ion sources (e.g. MALDI, electrospray ionisation) and mass analysers in modern mass spectrometry
- analytical methods which employ mass spectrometry to identify and quantify the abundance of molecular species
- modern techniques for determination of isotopic elemental composition, including isotope ratio quantification and accelerator mass spectrometry, and their application to understanding environmental processes
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Analytical Chemistry Level 11 (CHEM11014)
Other requirements Must include a weighted average of Grade D or higher in Chemistry 3A and Chemistry 3B, at the first attempt; or with the permission of Head of School.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Revision Session Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 148 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One degree exam of 3 hours.

(Visiting Student Variant Assessment
One degree exam of 3 hours at the end of Semester 1.)
Feedback Feedback is provided through the tutorials and workshops associated with the individual component lecture courses. Problem material will be made available for preparation in advance of the tutorial or workshop. Although these are not marked, material should always be attempted in advance as they are a good self-check on how well the material from the lectures has been understood, and the tutorials provide the opportunity to ask questions to resolve any difficulties with a particular topic. Opportunity for additional discussion and feedback for individual lecture courses is also arranged in the examination period.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Show an understanding of the theory and application of a number of techniques in analytical chemistry, as well of the general principles of sampling and analysis and of the statistical presentation and testing of data.
  2. Apply this knowledge to select and justify appropriate techniques for particular chemical 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
Recommendations on further reading will be provided by the individual lecturers.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Note-taking skills
Numerical data interpretation and analysis
Unseen problem solving skills
Additional Class Delivery Information 30 hours lectures + 6 hours tutorials, at times arranged.
Keywordsanalytical chemistry
Course organiserDr Mathew Heal
Tel: (0131 6)50 4764
Course secretaryMr Craig Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4710
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