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Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05

Course Overview

In this course you will learn how to determine trace element patterns or the presence of a compound by using modern analytical methods. The course covers the underlying theory for analysis and identification using structure determination by spectroscopic methods like UV, IR, NMR, mass spectrometry and chromatographic separations. Atomic spectrometry is covered for trace metal determination. In practical classes, students get hands-on training with modern analytical instrumentation.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Kassim Adebambo

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Course Description

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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Science Laboratories during University weeks 15, 17 - 18
  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 15 - 19
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 9 - 20
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 10, 12, 14, 16, 18
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 16, 19

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

Alternative Assessment

4 Online pre-lab tests and 4 experiment worksheets - 25%

Online tests split over 2 topic blocks - 25%

2 Take home exams, one for each topic block. Written/scanned and submitted online - 50%

Alternative Resit Assessment

Resit of failed take-home (48 hour) exam(s) and/or submission of missed, or resubmission of failed components of lab and/or CA if overall component was failed.


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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