|Prerequisites for Module|
In addition to course entry requirements, students must successfully complete the RGU Laboratory Saftey Passport.
Aims of Module
To develop the core scientific analytical skills relevant to their choice of elective topic in a practical context using modern instrumentation and data handling and analysis skills. These practical skills will complement the theoretical knowledge gained in other modules and allow students to be confident in the solution of practical analytical problems.
Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
Indicative Module Content
Practical exercises and problem solving will be performed. The following list is representative of the techniques which will be studied depending on the elective topic chosen.
Sample pretreatment methods including extraction, avoidance of contamination.
Microscopy; optical, transmission and scanning electron microscopy.
Spectroscopy; flame and graphite furnace atomic absorption, ultraviolet/visible, infra-red (FTIR), fluorescence spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance; mass spectrometry and X-ray fluorescence. Interpretation of molecular spectra.
|Chromatography; HPLC, packed and capillary column GC, GC/MS, ion. |
Capillary electrophoresis, ion selective electrodes. Stripping voltammetry.
Indicative Student Workload
Mode of Delivery
All students must successfully complete the Laboratory Passport in the first week of study safely. The practical competence is developed by a series of exercises ranging from guidance in use of the instrumentation in the early stages to working autonomously.
Compoment 1 consists of a Formal Laboratory Report (50%)
Component 2 consists of a laboratory based skills test (50%).
Students must pass the RGU Laboratory Safety Passport prior to undertaking any laboratory work.
Students are issued with booklets at the beginning of the year in which details of each laboratory exercise are given. Each exercise will have associated detailed aims and learning outcomes. Some exercises require additional reading and this is detailed on the appropriate sheets.
The use of industry standard state-of-the-art instrumental equipment greatly enhances the employability of our graduates.