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Module Title
Professional Skills And Techniques
Reference ASM001 Version 4
Created June 2017 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved December 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended September 2017 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To develop knowledge and skills in a range of topics fundamental to the professional practice of an analytical scientist.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Validate a suitable quality assurance and control system for an analytical laboratory.
2 Critically appraise and evaluate chemometrically derived statistical data.

Indicative Module Content
Experimental design: techniques for optimisation of multiple experimental parameters. Multivariate data analysis: principal components analysis, cluster analysis. Quality assurance: principles, procedures, test methods, records, reporting, auditing. Standards. Control charts. Laboratory accreditation and accreditation regimes. Communication: principles and practices of report writing, group interaction including problem-solving and decision making, and oral presentations. Information technology; identification of the primary sources of information relevant to analytical science, accessing this range of sources, retrieval techniques, use of bibliographic tools and electronic databases.

Module Delivery
Computer based tutorials will be used for experimental design. A study visit will be made to a local analytical laboratory to study and critically evaluate the quality assurance and quality control procedures and further material will be delivered by a visiting specialist.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 45 45
Non-Contact Hours 105 105
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only [for the purposes of the Key Information Set (KIS)]
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1
Description: Quality Assurance Report.
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 0% Outcomes Assessed: 2
Description: Problem Solving Chemometric Exercise with a 50% pass mark.

Explanatory Text
This module is assessed by two components of assessment as detailed in the Assessment plan. To pass this module, candidates must achieve a Module Grade of D or better.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A Final mark of 70% or greater and pass in C2.
B Final mark of 60% or greater and pass in C2.
C Final mark of 50% or greater and pass in C2.
D Final mark of 40% or greater and pass in C2.
E Final mark of 35% or greater and pass in C2.
F Final mark of less than 35% and/or fail in C2.
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module None, in addition to course entry requirements.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 SKOOG, D.A., HOLLER, F.J and S. CROUCH. Principles of Instrumental Analysis. Current Edition. Brookes Cole.
2 MILLER, J.C. and MILLER, J.N. Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry. Current Edition. Prentice Hall.
3 MORGAN, E. Chemometrics: Experimental Design. Current Edition. ACOL: Wiley.
4 PRICHARD, E. Quality in the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory. Current Edition. ACOL: Wiley.
5 PRICHARD, E., and BARWICK, V. Quality in Analytical Chemistry. Current Edition. Wiley.


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