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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Corrie Imrie

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Master of Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: Specialist advanced course designed to give the students an understanding of key concepts of all sub-disciplines of chemistry; to give the students an understanding of how to assess complex data using advanced analytical equipment; to give the students practical experience in environmental analytical chemistry. Main Learning Outcomes: To be able to design total synthetic strategies; to be able to understand and apply computational modelling techniques; to be able to understand and apply electrochemical concepts; to be able to analyse large data sets generated from analytical methods; to gain practical experience using instrumental analytical techniques for environmental samples; to gain experience in data collection and data handling from modem instrumentation; to gain experience in research proposal and scientific writing; to gain an appreciation of research ethics. Content: Lecture courses in advanced physical, theoretical and organic chemistry; lecture courses in bioanalytical methods; workshops on mass spectrometry; workshops on research proposal and paper reading, and research ethics; industrial lectures. The course will comprise also of 5 experiments involving modern instrumentation which may include the analysis of soil, sediments and biological samples, fresh and seawater using atomic absorption spectrometry, molecular mass spectrometry, inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry, gas and liquid chromatography, atomic fluorescence spectrometry.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three hour written examination (30%) 1 three hour written open book examination (30%) Continuous assessment (total 40%) to be split: essays including critical referee reports (26%), presentations (8%), laboratory reports (6%).

Formative Assessment

Tutorials associated with each lecture course, workshops associated with advanced research techniques, group work associated with scientific writing and research ethics. The students sit a mock open book examination and receive detailed feedback on their performance.


Feedback will be provided by the return of annotated marked work and at meetings with the Course Coordinator.

Course Learning Outcomes


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