ENVR06090 2019 Environmental Instrumental Analysis

General Details

Full Title
Environmental Instrumental Analysis
Transcript Title
Environmental Instrumental Ana
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Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
ESCI - Environmental Science
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Eoin Gillespie
Programme Membership
SG_SENVI_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_SENVI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Environmental Science SG_SSCIE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science SG_SSCIE_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Science

The theoretical principles and environmental understanding and applications of instrumentation in general and in particular chromatography, spectroscopy and electroanalytical techniques are introduced.

Learning Outcomes

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


Describe and summarise the basic concepts, definitions and principles underlying analytical /scientific instrumentation.


Describe the theoretical principles and operation of a range of analytical techniques and instruments and evaluate their role in environmental analysis.


Define instrumental performance characteristics and evaluate the selections of instruments based on these characteristics.


Calibrate and use a range of analytical instruments.


Interpret results, perform calculations, draw calibration curves, determine analyte concentration in a sample and communicate in a scientific report.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered fulltime (or part-time for online modules). This will include lectures, laboratory practicals, and site visits augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and journals). 

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 65% Continuous Assessment and 35% Final exam.

The student must reach an assigned gate (mark) in the final exam and achieve 40% overall to pass the subject.

Laboratory skills and report-writing ability are assessed as part of the practical work performed during the module. Regular summative tests are used to encourage engagement with the module, monitor progress and provide feedback. 

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

Module Dependencies

Introductory Chemistry 1 and 2

Indicative Syllabus

The concept of an instrument, information as signals, the analytical process, representative sampling, normal distribution, error analysis and data rejection

Performance characteristics eg sensitivity, selectivity, noise, drift, limits of detection, response times, resolution, linearity, accuracy and precision

Analogue and digital signals, data acquisition and interfacing

General principles, theory, techniques and applications of chromatography, ion selective electrodes and spectroscopy

Sample preparation, instrumental set up, calibration and analysis

Data presentation, interpretation and communication

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 Written Report Practical reports Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 3,4,5
2 Practical Evaluation Practical work and reports Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 4,5
3 Formative and Summative Assessment Written / short answer questions Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 15 % Any 1,2,3

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 35 % Week 15 1,2,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Work 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2015-05-29 Quantitative Chemical Analysis W. H. Freeman
ISBN 146413538X ISBN-13 9781464135385

The gold standard in analytical chemistry, Dan Harris Quantitative Chemical Analysis provides a sound physical understanding of the principles of analytical chemistry and their applications in the disciplines.

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