ENVR07050 2020 Environmental Instrumental Analysis

General Details

Full Title
Environmental Instrumental Analysis
Transcript Title
Environmental Instrumental Ana
Code
ENVR07050
Attendance
75 %
Subject Area
ENVR - Environmental Science
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Ann-Marie Duddy, Noel Connaughton, Carmel Moran, Ana Vale, Lisa Cronin, Eoin Gillespie
Programme Membership
SG_SECOL_B07 202000 Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with Ecology SG_SECOL_H08 202000 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science with Ecology
Description

The purpose of this module is to introduce the learner to the core concepts and basic skills utilised in analytical chemistry. The learner will gain key skills in the assessment and implementation of analytical methods and interpretation of analytical data.

Learning Outcomes

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

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Define basic analytical theory and apply this to environmental samples.

2.

Describe suitable instrumental techniques for the analysis of environmental samples.

3.

Evaluate suitable sampling and sample pre-treatment for the determination of organic and inorganic pollutants in environmental samples.

4.

Appraise and report data generated from instrumental analysis of environmental samples.

5.

Implement basic instrumental techniques and analytical methodologies in the analysis of environmental samples.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered fulltime. This will include lectures and laboratory practicals 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 100% Continuous Assessment.

 

The continuous assessment will involve three (5% each) short answer/MCQ tests and the submission of laboratory reports based on the laboratory experiments undertaken during the semester. Completion of a journal covering theory problems (20%). Written report on a case study showing application of instrumental analysis (15%).

Laboratory skills and report-writing ability (50%) 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. 

 

Self-assessment tests 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.   

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Define basic analytical theory and apply this to environmental samples.
    • The Analytical Process.
    • Linearity.
    • Limit of Detection & Quantitation
    • Calibration methods.
    • Error analysis.
  2. Describe suitable instrumental techniques for the analysis of environmental samples.
    • Molecular Spectroscopy.
    • Atomic Spectroscopy.
    • Chromatographic methods.
  3. Evaluate suitable sampling and sample pre-treatment for the determination of organic and inorganic pollutants in environmental samples.
    • Representative Sampling.
    • Extraction & digestion methods.
  4. Appraise and report data generated from instrumental analysis of environmental samples.
    • Confidence Intervals.
    • Data management, processing and display
  5. Implement basic instrumental techniques and analytical methodologies in the analysis of environmental samples.
    • Method optimisation, calibration and validation.
    • Sample pre-treatment.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Journal Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Laboratory Reports Practical Written Report 25 % OnGoing 3,4
3 Laboratory Skills Practical Practical Evaluation 25 % OnGoing 4,5
4 Case study Project Written Report 15 % Week 7 2,3,4
5 Moodle Quizz Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 5 % Week 2 1,2,3
6 Moodle Quizz Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 5 % Week 4 1,2,3
7 Moodle Quizz Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 5 % Week 6 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Practicals 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Seld Directed Learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2008-01-01 Quantative Chemical Analysis W.H. Freeman & Company
ISBN 0716770415 ISBN-13 9780716770411

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Required Reading
2000-05-09 Environmental Analytical Chemistry 2e John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 0632053836 ISBN-13 9780632053834

Module Resources

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