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Module Title
Contemporary Techniques/Analytical Problem Solving
Reference ASM010 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 extend the study of Instrumental Analytical Science beyond the core techniques. This extension will encompass the study of newly-developed techniques of current interest. To select a range of appropriate techniques and solve a given analytical problem to produce a competent data presentation.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Critically discuss in a competent and professional manner, state of the art knowledge of a specialist area of Instrumental Analytical Chemistry.
2 Critically appraise a selected contemporary technique in relation to existing technology.
3 Interact confidently and effectively in a group, demonstrating appropriate negotiating, leadership and group skills to a professional standard.
4 Communicate the results of a group laboratory exercise to professional standards.

Indicative Module Content
Study of analytical techniques currently of interest in Instrumental Analytical Science. Solution of an analytical problem appropriate to the chosen elective requiring confident and professional use of a combination of laboratory techniques.

Module Delivery
Research and critical appraisal of a given contemporary technique and comparison to another accepted method for the analysis of an analyte pertinent to the elective being studied. This can be carried out off-campus. The analytical problem solving is normally carried out as a group exercise in the laboratory and is pertinent to the elective being studied. This must be carried out on-campus.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 40 40
Non-Contact Hours 110 110
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: 50% Outcomes Assessed: 3, 4
Description: Individual performance based on a group Oral Examination and conduct performance in the laboratory.
Component 2
Type: Coursework Weighting: 50% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2
Description: Literature review of a contemporary technique

Explanatory Text
To pass this module students must achieve a grade D or better. The grading criteria are:-
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A Total mark must be greater or equal to 70% and have a minimum of 50% in any component
B The total mark must be between 60-69% and have a minimum of 40% in any component
C The total mark must be between 50-59% and have minimum of 35% in any component
D The total mark must be between 40-49% and have minimum of 35% in any component
E MARGINAL FAIL. The total mark must be between 35-39% and have minimum of 35% in any component
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 In addition to course entry requirements, students must be familiar with the basic principles of chromatography, spectroscopy, microscopy and electrochemistry.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 Papers published in related journals and specialist reviews.

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