CHEM06036 2019 Analytical Chemical Techniques Theory

General Details

Full Title
Analytical Chemical Techniques Theory
Transcript Title
Analytical Chemical Techniques
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Subject Area
CHEM - Chemistry
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Fiona McArdle, Ted McGowan
Programme Membership
SG_SFORE_G07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Invest & Analys(Emb) SG_SFORE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Forensic Investigation and Analysis SG_SFORE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Investigation and Analysis SG_SANAL_G06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Analytical Science

The course is a single semester introductory theoretical course on analytical methodologies. The course introduces the student to the basic elements of chemical analysis from sampling to the collection and statistical evaluation of analytical data.  The course covers aspects of volumetric analysis including the application of primary and secondary standards and various titrimetric analytical techniques. The course also provides both a theoretical introduction to several instrumental analysis techniques including infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet -visible spectroscopy, atomic spectrometry, electrochemistry and chromatographic methods of analysis.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe fundamental strategies for the performance of volumetric and instrumental chemical analyses.


Explain the fundamental principles of a range of instrumental and classical methods of analysis.

Express chemical compositions in a range of concentration units.

Calculate chemical compositions from raw instrumental and non-instrumental analytical data.

Evaluate the reliability of analytical data using simple statistical and quality control techniques.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be taught through a range of methodologies including lecture, tutorial and workshop. The students will learn through engagement with the class materials / resources listed above and through the use of multimedia tools including moodle, internet sites and podcasts.

Module Assessment Strategies

The students will be assess in a number of forms including short questions, practical exercises, data handling and final examination.

These assessment will evaluate the students knowledge and understanding of the subject material. They will also allow the assessor to evaluate the ability of the student to resolve problems and to draw conclusions from experimental data.  

Repeat Assessments

Repeat continuous assessment and /or final examination.

Module Dependencies

First Year Chemistry i.e. Foundation  Chemistry  or equivalent (Theory and Practical)
Analytical Techniques or equivalent introductory chemical analysis modules

Indicative Syllabus

Fundamental steps of a chemical analysis and analytical methodology: Basic analytical GLP. Overview of chemicals, reagents and apparatus used in analytical chemistry. Data recording, effective use of laboratory notebook, management and presentation of analytical information.  Methods for expressing concentrations: Volumetric and  gravimetric calculations.

Statistical treatment of analytical data and aspects of quality assurance:

Introduction to sampling for chemical analysis: Collection, representative samples, contamination, replicates, dissolution, digestion, extraction, etc.

Wet chemical methods of analysis: Titrimetric and gravimetric calculations.

Instrumental analysis  methodology: Instrument calibration, quantitation using single and multiple external standards.  Internal standard and standard addition techniques.

Spectrochemical methods: Overview of UV/Vis, IR, FAAS, GFAAS

Electroanalytical methods: Overview of potentiometry, conductivity, voltammetry & amperometry

Chromatographic methods: Overview of HPLC & GC

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Short in class exercises and homework exercises. Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Internet delivered resource material and quizzes. Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
3 Assessments - short questions Coursework Assessment Assessment 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final theory examination. Final Exam Closed Book Exam 70 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Problem Based Learning Computer Laboratory Workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2013-01-01 Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry Cengage Learning
ISBN 0495558281 ISBN-13 9780495558286

Known for its readability and systematic, rigorous approach, this fully updated Ninth Edition of FUNDAMENTALS OF ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY offers extensive coverage of the principles and practices of analytic chemistry and consistently shows students its applied nature. The books award-winning authors begin each chapter with a story and photo of how analytic chemistry is applied in industry, medicine, and all the sciences. To further reinforce student learning, a wealth of dynamic photographs by renowned chemistry photographer Charlie Winters appear as chapter-openers and throughout the text. Incorporating Excel spreadsheets as a problem-solving tool, the Ninth Edition is enhanced by a chapter on Using Spreadsheets in Analytical Chemistry, updated spreadsheet summaries and problems, an Excel Shortcut Keystrokes for the PC insert card, and a supplement by the text authors, EXCEL APPLICATIONS FOR ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY, which integrates this important aspect of the study of analytical chemistry into the books already rich pedagogy. New to this edition is OWL, an online homework and assessment tool that includes the Cengage YouBook, a fully customizable and interactive eBook, which enhances conceptual understanding through hands-on integrated multimedia interactivity. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Required Reading
2015-05-29 Quantitative Chemical Analysis WH Freeman
ISBN 131915414X ISBN-13 9781319154141

The gold standard in analytical chemistry, Dan Harris Quantitative Chemical Analysis provides a sound physical understanding of the principles of analytical chemistry and their applications in the disciplines. Dan Harris presents the subject in a rigorous, readable and interesting manner, lucid enough for non-chemistry majors but containing the depth required by advanced undergraduates. For the first time since the book was published in 1978, Harris has worked with a new contributing author, Professor Chuck Lucy of the University of Alberta. Lucy shares his expertise and teaching experience in Chapters 23-26 on chromatography and capillary electrophoresis.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

1. Harris, Daniel C.  Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 8th Edition (2011), Publ. W.H Freeman and Company 



Journal Resources


Other Resources

Chromatographic methods (ACOL), Wiley, Linsey.

Skoog, D.A., West, D. M., Holler F. J.(2003) 8th Edition Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry, Cengage Learning

Metcalfe E (1987) Atomic Absorption and Emission Spectroscopy (ACOL series) Pub. by  J. Wiley &Sons.  

Thomas M J  K Ando D J (Editor) (1997) Visible and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy (ACOL series) Pub. by  J. Wiley & Sons. 

 George W O Mc Intyre P S (1987) Infrared Spectroscopy (ACOL series),  Pub. by  J. Wiley &Sons.

Anderson R Sample Preparation and Pretreatment (ACOL series), Pub. by  J. Wiley & Sons.

Thomas M J  K Ando D J (Editor) (1997) Visible and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy (ACOL series) Pub. by  J. Wiley & Sons. 

George W O McIntyre P S (1987) Infrared  Spectroscopy (ACOL series,  Pub. by  J. Wiley & Sons.

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