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CM 2515
ANALYTICAL METHODS IN FORENSIC CHEMISTRY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr L Trembleau

Pre-requisite(s): CM 1016 or CM 1017 and CM 1511.

Co-requisite(s): As specified in the University Calendar for certain degree programs, otherwise none.

The course covers the underlying theory of the identification and determination of, for example, poisons such as pesticides or heavy metals in biological fluids, and of alcohol and drugs of abuse in mixtures of organic compounds including their structure determination by spectroscopic methods. This will involve study of the chemical reactions useful in analytical chemistry such as acid-base, complex formation, precipitation, redox and separation by transfer between phases, and also an introduction to both theory and practical experience of modern instrumental methods of analysis, with particular reference to forensic chemistry, and also to the closely related topic of environmental monitoring.

2 one-hour lectures per week, 1 one-hour tutorial in alternate weeks and 2 three-hour laboratories (Weeks 36-37, 41-44).

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (60%), continuous assessment (40%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).