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Module Title
Separation, Electroanalysis and Microscopy
Reference ASM003 Version 3
Created August 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 separation, electroanalytical and microscopy techniques used in instrumental analytical chemistry.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Critically appraise the principles and applications of a wide range of separative, electroanalytical and microscopy techniques.
2 Critically appraise and compare suitable separative, electroanalytical and microscopy techniques for an individual analytical problem.

Indicative Module Content
The principles, applications and limitations of: chromatography - gas, high performance liquid, ion; potentiometric, amperometric, coulometric, electrogravimetric and voltammetric techniques; optical and electron microscopy, refractive index and birefringence measurements.

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

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 24 24
Non-Contact Hours 126 126
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.
Component 1
Type: Examination Weighting: 70% Outcomes Assessed: 1
Description: This is a closed book, 2.5 hour examination
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 30% Outcomes Assessed: 2
Description: This consists of undertaking a critical review of a journal article with a view to producing a project proposal for a technical report and project proposal.

Explanatory Text
To pass this module the student must achieve a grade D or better. The grade is determined by the following criteria:
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A Overall mark greater than or equal to 70% and a minimum of 50% in C1 and C2
B Overall mark between 60-69% and minimum of 40% in C1 and C2
C Overall mark between 50-59% and minimum of 35% in C1 and C2
D Overall mark between 40-49% and minimum of 35% in C1 and C2
E MARGINAL FAIL. Overall mark 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 the course entry requirements.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

The use of industry standard state-of-the-art instrumental equipment greatly complements and enhances the employability of our graduates.

1 SKOOG, D.A., HOLER, F.J. AND CROUCH, S.A. Principles of Instrumental Analysis. Current Edition. Belmont, CA: Thomson Higher Education.
2 FANALI & SALVATORE. editors of compilation. Liquid Chromatography Electronic Resource; Fundamentals and Instrumentation. RGU. Current Edition
3 POOLE,C.F. Gas Chromatography. Electronic resource. RGU Current Edition
4 EVANS, A. Potentiometry and Ion Selective Electrodes. ACOL: Current Edition. Wiley.
5 CROW, D.R. Principles and Applications Electrochemistry. Current Edition. Chapman and Hall.
6 BRETT, C.M.A. AND BRETT, A.M.O. Electroanalysis, Oxford Chemistry Primers. Current Edition. Oxford University Press.
7 LANGMAN, L.J. LC-MS in Drug Analysis, Electronic Resource; Methods and Protocols. RGU. Current Edition.

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