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Module Title
Reference ASM002 Version 3
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 understanding of the main spectroscopic techniques used in instrumental analytical chemistry.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Critically evaluate a wide range of analytical spectroscopy techniques.
2 Critically analyse, interpret and process analytical spectroscopic data.
3 Critically appraise suitable spectroscopy techniques for the solution of a given analytical problem.

Indicative Module Content
The principles, applications and limitations of: atomic spectroscopy - absorption and emmission, X-ray fluorescence; molecular spectroscopy - UV/vis, IR, fluorescence, mass spectrometry.

Module Delivery
Some lectures will be delivered by visiting specialists and students may visit external laboratories. This enables the module content to remain current. The separate laboratory programme also affords students the opportunity to develop and extend the material in a practical context.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 30 30
Non-Contact Hours 120 120
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: Examination Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2
Description: A 2.5 hour Examination (attempt 3 questions from 4).
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 3
Description: A 1500 word report appraising and comparing atomic spectroscopy techniques for the solution of a given analytical problem.

Explanatory Text
This module is assessed as detailed in the Assessment Plan. To pass this module candidates must achieve a Module Grade D or better.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A Overall mark of 70% or greater and a minimum of 50% in C1 and C2.
B Overall mark of between 60-69% and a minimum of 40% in C1 and C2.
C Overall mark of between 50-59% and a minimum of 35% in C1 and C2.
D Overall mark of between 40-49% and a minimum of 35% in C1 and C2.
E MARGINAL FAIL. Overall mark of between 35-39% and a minimum of 35% in C1 and C2.
F FAIL. Overall mark of less than 35% or individual component mark less than 35%
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 CROUCH, S.A. Principles of Instrumental Analysis. Current Edition. Belmont, CA: Thomson Higher Education.
2 WATSON, J.T. and SPARKMAN, O.T. Introduction to Mass Spectrometry. Current Edition. Wiley.
3 LEVINSON, R. More Modern Chemical Techniques. Current Edition. London, UK: The Royal Society of Chemistry.
4 SCHMIDT, W. Optical Spectroscopy in Chemistry and Life Sciences. An Introduction. Current Edition. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH.
5 LAJUNEN, L.H.J. and PERAMAKI, P. Spectrochemical Analysis by Atomic Absorption and Emission. Current Edition. Cambridge, UK: The Royal Society of Chemistry.
6 MILLER, J.N. and MILLER, J.C. Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry. Current Edition. Essex, UK: Pearson Education Limited.


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