FSC-20005 - Spectroscopy and Advanced Analysis
Coordinator: Falko P Drijfhout Room: LJ1.36 Tel: +44 1782 7 33043
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23

None

Available as a Free Standing Elective

No

Co-requisites

None

Prerequisites

None

Barred Combinations

None

Description for 2022/23


Aims
The aim of the module is that students will use a wide range of modern spectroscopic and related techniques for the chemical characterisation of (forensic) materials, methods of structural and elemental analysis, chromatography and mass spectrometry. It aims to provide the experience of these techniques in the practical context.

Intended Learning Outcomes

explain and apply the basic principles of quantitative analysis and data processing: 1
explain the theory of elemental analysis and mass spectrometry: 1
explain the basic principles and the potential of hyphenated techniques in analysis: 1
analyse complex samples using a combination of spectroscopic techniques: 2
report and present the results of a forensic analytical investigation in a competent manner: 2
critically evaluate journal articles in relation to the analysis of data obtained in a forensic investigation: 1,2
demonstrate an understanding of the context and application of quality assurance in the laboratory: 1,2
discuss the potential of spectroscopic techniques for the analysis of complex samples particularly for forensic applications: 1,2

Study hours

Content delivery (15h), laboratory work, including data analysis (34h), workshops (12h), directed study (30h), independent learning (59h)

School Rules

None

Description of Module Assessment

1: Class Test weighted 40%
EXERCISE - SOLVE DATA ANALYSIS PROBLEMS
Problem-based open book exam assessment (under exam conditions) consisting of long questions based on the content delivered in the lecture and laboratory sessions.

2: Portfolio weighted 60%
PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT - EXPERIMENTAL TASKS
A portfolio equivalent to 3000-3500 words incorporating a number of assessments, such as laboratory reports, data analysis and collaborative team working.