General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
CHEM - Chemistry
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Fiona McArdle
Programme Membership
SG_SPHAR_C06 201300 Higher Certificate in Science in Pharmaceutical Science

The course is a single semester introductory theoretical course on analytical methodology. 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 covers aspects of volumetric analysis including the application of primary and secondary standards and various titrimetric analysis techniques. The course also provides both a theoretical introduction to several instrumental analysis techniques including infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet -visible spectroscopy, atomic spectrometry, electrochemistry and chromatographic methods of analysis.

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 principles of a range of instrumental and classical methods of analysis.


Describe the features of a range of analytical techniques.

Express chemical compositions in a range of concentration units.

Calculate chemical compositions from raw instrumental and non-instrumental analytical data.

Evaluate the reliability of analytical data using simple statistical and quality control techniques.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be taught through a range of methodologies including lecture, practical, tutorial and EBL. The students will learn through engagement with the class materials / resources listed above and through the use of multimedia tools including moodle, internet sites and podcasts.

Module Assessment Strategies

The students will be assess in a number of forms including short questions, practical exercises, data handling and final examination.

These assessment will evaluate the students knowledge and understanding of the subject material. They will also allow the assessor to evaluate the ability of the student to resolve problems and to draw conclusions from experimental data.  

Module Dependencies

First Year Chemistry i.e. Foundation  Chemistry  or equivalent (Theory and Practical)
Analytical Techniques or equivalent introductory chemical analysis modules

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.

Statistical treatment of analytical data and aspects of quality assurance:

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

Wet chemical methods of analysis: Titrimetric and gravimetric calculations.

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

Spectrochemical methods: Overview of UV/Vis, IR, FAAS, GFAAS

Electroanalytical methods: Overview of potentiometry, conductivity, voltammetry & amperometry

Chromatographic methods: Overview of HPLC & GC

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Short in class exercises and homework exercises. Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Internet delivered resource material and quizzes. Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
3 Laboratory Reports, Written Assessments and Assignments. Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final theory examination. Final Exam Closed Book Exam 70 % 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
Tutorial Science Laboratory Tutorial / Practical Demonstration 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

1. Harris, Daniel C.  Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 8th Edition (2011), Publ. W.H Freeman and Company 



Other Resources

Chromatographic methods (ACOL), Wiley, Linsey.

Skoog, D.A., West, D. M., Holler F. J.(2003) 8th Edition Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry, Cengage Learning

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.

Anderson R 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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