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Undergraduate Course: Analytical Chemistry Level 11 (CHEM11014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis courses 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 of 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
- different chromatographic techniques for an analysis involving separation
- 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
- the principles of biosensor design from simple molecular recognition to transduction of binding events and be able to apply these in the context of detecting a variety of classes of target molecule.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005) AND Chemistry 3B (CHEM09006) AND Chemistry 3P Practical and Transferable Skills (CHEM09007)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Analytical Chemistry Level 10 (CHEM10012)
Other requirements Must include a weighted average of Grade C or higher in all Chemistry 3 courses AND 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
Not being delivered
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, including being able to integrate knowledge and skills across different areas of the course.
  3. Develop responses to problems and issues in aspects of analytical chemistry and data analysis, demonstrating originality and creativity in how this knowledge is applied.
  4. Apply a set of numerical skills for solving quantitative analytical chemistry and data analysis problems, including where required combination of these skills from different areas of the course.
  5. Demonstrate a professional approach to autonomy and time-management in relation to self-study and in the researching of additional material relevant to the course.
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 David Clarke
Tel: (0131 6)50 4808
Course secretaryMr Craig Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4710
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