General Details

Full Title
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Subject Area
BIO - Bio Tech/Eng/Chem
ASCI - Applied Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Carmel Moran
Programme Membership
SG_SAGRI_G06 000000 Higher Certificate in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SSCIE_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SSCIE_C06 201600 Higher Certificate in Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SSCIE_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SHUMA_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition SG_SHUMA_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition SG_SSCIE_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Science SG_SHUMA_B07 201800 Bachelor of Science in Science in Human Nutrition SG_SAGRI_B07 201800 Bachelor of Science in Science in Agri-Food Science SG_SAGRI_H08 201800 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Agri-Food Science

The course is a single semester introductory chemical analysis course aimed primarily at students majoring in scientific subjects other than chemistry.   The course introduces the student to the basic elements of chemical analysis from sampling to the collection and statistical evaluation of analytical data.  The course deals with aspects of volumetric analysis including the application of primary and secondary standards. The course also provides both a theoretical and practical introduction to several instrumental analysis techniques including infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet -visible spectroscopy, atomic absorption and high performance liquid chromatography.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe fundamental strategies for the performance of volumetric and instrumental chemical analyses.


Explain the fundamental basis of a range of instrumental and classical methods of analysis.


Demonstrate competence in the practical application of a range of analytical techniques used for analytical and biomedical investigations.


Calculate chemical compositions from raw analytical data in a variety of units and evaluate the reliability of analytical data using simple statistical and quality control techniques.


Record data and maintain records of analytical work in a laboratory notebook in a format required by Good Laboratory Practice and ISO17025.


Write experimental reports concisely, and in proper scientific format.

Module Assessment Strategies

Self-assessment tests and quizzes and other forms of formative assessment are provided to students to check their own progress towards achieving the learning outcomes of the module and to motivate learning.

A final exam is designed to test the ability of the student to retain and interpret the information obtained during the course.

Laboratory skills and report writing ability are assessed as part of the practical element of the module and provide ongoing opportunities to demonstrate the learning outcomes.  

Module Dependencies

First Year Chemistry i.e. Foundation  Chemistry 

Indicative Syllabus

Fundamental steps of a chemical analysis and analytical methodology: Basic analytical GLP.. Overview of chemicals, reagents and apparatus used in analytical chemistry. Data recording, effective use of laboratory notebook, management and presentation of analytical information. 

Methods for expressing concentrations: Volumetric and gravimetric calculations. Relationship between units of concentration (Molarity, molality, % wt/wt, % wt/vol, % vol/vol).

Statistical treatment of analytical data and aspects of quality assurance: Statistical evaluation of the data in order to ascertain accuracy and precision of laboratory findings.

Introduction to sampling for chemical analysis: Collection, representative samples, contamination, replicates, dissolution, digestion, extraction, etc.

Instrumental analysis  methodology: Instrument calibration, quantitation using single and multiple external standards.  Internal standard and standard addition techniques.

Spectrochemical methods: Atomic absorption, Flame photometry, Ultraviolet - Visible Spectroscopy, Infra-red.

Chromatographic methods: Thin layer chromatography, High Performance Liquid chromatography, Gas Chromatography.

Practical: The laboratory course is integrated closely with the theory course, and the experiments will represent a subset of common instrumental (infrared, uv-visible, gas chromatography, atomic absorption, HPLC) and non-instrumental quantitative chemical analysis techniques. Emphasis throughout is on data quality and developing a high standard of personal analytical competence and confidence.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
65 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
35 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Short in class exercises and homework exercises Pre-laboratory assignments Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,4
2 Data collection and recording in laboratory - supervised. Laboratory technique - supervised. Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 3,5
3 Laboratory Reports, Quality of Analytical results, Laboratory Technique, Pre-laboratory exercises Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 3,4,5,6
4 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 End of Semester Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 35 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Practical 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Highly Recommended

Harris, Daniel C.  (2006) Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 7th Edition 2006, Publ. W.H Freeman and Company  

Moran, C.,  Analytical Techniques Laboratory Manual and Lecture Notes,  IT Sligo. 

Additional Reading/Reference

Skoog, D.A., West, D. M., Holler F. J. (1997) 7th Edition Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry Saunders College Publishing

Metcalfe E. (1987) Atomic Absorption and Emission Spectroscopy (ACOL series) Pub. by  J. Wiley &Sons.  

Thomas M J  K Ando D J (Editor). (1997) Visible and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy (ACOL series) Pub. by  J. Wiley & Sons. 

George W O Mc Intyre P S. (1987) Infrared Spectroscopy (ACOL series),  Pub. by  J. Wiley &Sons.

Barker J. (1998) 2nd ed Mass Spectrometry (ACOL series) Pub. by  J. Wiley &Sons. 

Anderson R. (1987) Sample Preparation and Pretreatment (ACOL series), Pub. by  J. Wiley & Sons.

Thomas M J  K Ando D J (Editor). (1997) Visible and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy (ACOL series) Pub. by  J. Wiley & Sons. 

George W O McIntyre P S. (1987)  Infrared  Spectroscopy (ACOL series),  Pub. by  J. Wiley & Sons

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