AP0529 - Analytical Methods

What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about the principal features of chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques, including:
? Survey of separation science.
? Fundamentals of HPLC with respect to isocratic and gradient elution, reversed and normal phase separation and detectors.
? Fundamentals of capillary GC with respect to isothermal and temperature programmed elution, selection of column and detectors.
? Theoretical aspects of separation, capacity factors, resolution, theoretical plate height (efficiency), peak tailing and the influence of these parameters on separation.
? Theoretical aspects of modern and traditional sample preparation techniques.
? Overview of spectroscopic methods.
? NMR spectroscopy: basic instrumentation and experimental aspects; Pulse-Fourier Transform methods; spectral appearance and interpretation for 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy; splitting patterns for common 1st and 2nd order systems; advanced methods; DEPT spectra.
? IR spectroscopy: basic instrumentation and experimental aspects; interpretation and prediction of spectra, vibrational modelling.
? Mass spectroscopy: basic instrumentation and experimental aspects, ionisation techniques; fragmentation patterns, interpretation and prediction of spectra.
? Strategy and practice in structure elucidation.
Laboratory exercises will be used to underpin the theory taught in lectures, develop practical skills and afford hands-on experience of relevant techniques. In addition, there will be in-module assignments allowing you to explore the merits and approaches necessary to solve typical spectroscopic problems.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory exercises and directed/independent study. Teaching will include the use of interactive workshops devoted to data interpretation and problem solving. Directed learning will take the form of preparation for the laboratory work and practice in the interpretation of spectra (IR, NMR and MS) via problem solving exercises. Independent learning will enable you to enhance your understanding of chromatographic and spectroscopic methods of analysis. Laboratory classes and workshops will be used to reinforce material covered in the lecture programme and to gain valuable hands-on and interpretation experience.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

All teaching materials will be available via the module eLearning Portal site (Blackboard Ultra). Further reading materials will be recommended and provided via the library online reading list. Academic staff will be accessible through the open-door policy to support your independent learning. Feedback (written) will be provided for all assessments. Past exam papers will be provided to assist your learning / revision process.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. You will be able to understand the fundamental theory and describe the basic instrumental aspects of analytical separation and spectroscopic techniques
2. You will be able to choose and perform appropriate analytical procedures for the separation of the components of a mixture or the structural elucidation of unknown compounds.
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. You will be able to apply theoretical knowledge to resolve relevant analytical problems of moderate complexity.
4. You will be able to interpret experimental data from selected analytical techniques.
Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. You will be able to explore your curiosity in modern methods for chemical analysis.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by two components:
• Component 1: Unseen written end of semester exam (60% 3 hours) (MLO 1, 3, and 5)
• Component 2: Coursework (40%) containing 2 sub-components: lab reports (20%); online open-book problem test (20%) (MLO 1-5)
All marked and annotated exam scripts and lab reports will be returned with tutor feedback following the internal moderation process. The online tests will utilise an ESAF approach.





Module abstract

This module takes in two vital strands of industry-based and research-based technology and skills development in the areas of separation science/chromatography and spectroscopy. These two instrument oriented topics are a bedrock of analytical chemistry and synthetic chemistry; no student can fulfil their potential in chemistry without a solid foundation in these areas. The topics lend themselves to a problem solving approach so, although there will be a formalised lecture component, much of the emphasis is on problem-solving/detective work and experimentation/analysis, which are also key academic skills that employers value.
This module will be delivered by a combination of lectures, laboratory exercises and interactive sessions devoted to data interpretation and problem solving. The principal features of chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques will be described. Laboratory exercises will be used to develop practical skills and afford hands-on experience of relevant techniques. Assessment is via laboratory reports, on-line quiz/test and an end of semester examination.

Course info

UCAS Code F110

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Applied Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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