Module code: CHE2030

Module provider


Module Leader

WARD NI Prof (Chemistry)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 85

Lecture Hours: 25

Tutorial Hours: 2

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination EXAM 1.5 HOURS 70

Alternative Assessment

Failure of the practical unit of assessment will be required to attend during the Late Summer Assessment period and complete a defined practical course.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

Enhancing a knowledge and application of analytical chemistry including an awareness of the operation of modern instruments in research and industrial environments.

Module aims

To describe and evaluate the fundamentals of modern instrumental methods, including GC and HPLC, FAAS, AFS, chemical sensors and biosensors

To improve the candidates awareness of health and safety issues, including in the practical laboratory

To describe and evaluate the principles, instrumentation, problem solving and practical aspects of atomic spectroscopy, chromatography, chemical sensors and biosensors

To improve the students awareness of quality control in analytical chemistry

To improve the students awareness of measurement, data handling, the use of statistics and calculations for quantitative analysis

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Understand and apply the fundamental principles and operation of modern analytical techniques, including spectroscopy (FAAS, AFS), chromatography (GC, HPLC) and chemical sensors and biosensors in the laboratory environment KCP
Understand the implications of the provisions for COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) and Health and Safety regulations in the laboratory environment; KCP
Apply the operation of modern instrumental techniques coupled with an appreciation of instrumental calibration, sample analysis, problem solving, data handling and good laboratory practice; KP
Interpret results, use appropriate equations and statistics to evaluate the data and choose methods of data presentation for reporting results. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• understand the fundamentals of quality assurance and control in analytical chemistry; inter-laboratory comparisons, proficiency testing, spike recoveries, matrix-matching; atomic absorption spectroscopy; basic instrumentation, calibration, matrix-matching, flame and electrothermal (ETV or GF) devices, interferences, background correction, hydride generation, cold vapour, practical hints and applications (absorption) spectroscopy;

• review basic calculations in electrochemistry, understand the principles of potentiometric biosensors, cyclic voltammetry, amperometry, amperometric biosensors, and sensor applications;

• understand the basic principles of atomic fluorescence (AFS), instrumentation, analytical figures of merit; other ion selective electrode sensors, chemical sensors;

• review separation science (GC and HPLC); electrophoresis and applications; sample preparation, solvent extraction, SPE, solid sample preparation, headspace, purge and trap; band spreading, van Deemter equation, column design, qualitative and quantitative analysis, use of internal standards, applications; quality assurance and control, validation in chromatography; and

• develop the use of statistical analysis and data handling; including F and T tests (Student and Paired), y = m x + c calibration curves; calculation of the limit of detection and quantification, applications in spectroscopy.


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to build on skills gained in FHEQ 4 (CHE1030):

develop a knowledge of the fundamentals and operation of modern analytical instruments;

develop a practical approach to good laboratory practice, quality control, health and safety awareness in the laboratory; and

enhance data handling, statistical analysis and practical analytical report writing; and to

develop communication skills in individual and group practicals.


The learning and teaching methods include:

individual and group practical sessions;

instrumental operation (chromatography, atomic spectroscopy, electrochemistry); and

data handling, statistical analysis and analytical report writing.


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate sufficient theoretical and practical skills of the above.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

practicals (proforma and full write-up) 30%
examination 70%.


Formative assessment

pre- and in-laboratory proforma
tutorials (2 1-hour sessions).



Verbal throughout all pre-laboratory, tutorial and pre-examination session

Written feedback on Individual and group practical work.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemistry BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation MChem 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemistry MChem 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Medicinal Chemistry MChem 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.