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CEG8640 : Environmental Organic Analysis

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Jones
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of this module is to familiarise students with the theory and practice of environmental
organic analysis using modern instrumental techniques.

Practical classes, which will include health and safety considerations, will provide students with
hands-on training in the analysis of organic components in soil/sediment and water samples. Data
interpretation and data quality are considered during a tutorial workshop.

Outline Of Syllabus

Sampling techniques for organic analytes, choice of analytical techniques appropriate for the
chemical and physical properties of the analyte and matrix, solvent and solid phase extraction,
spectroscopic techniques, theory of chromatography, theory and practise of liquid chromatography,
gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and hyphenated techniques. Practical classes, which will
include health and safety considerations, will apply these approaches for the qualitative and
quantitative analysis of natural and pollutant organic components of soil/sediment and water

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials81:008:00Mix of non-synchronous online and PiP Will be split up into smaller bits
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical93:0027:00Practical normally includes lots of discussion. If PIP not possible, videos/synch only. discussion.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops13:003:00PIP. Data interpretation workshop
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study143:0043:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Online or PiP module introduction talk with lecturer
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Specialist knowledge and understanding are primarily imparted via lecture classes, supported by computer-hosted
reference materials. Subject specific skills are taught through laboratory practical classes, supported by a tutorial.
Students are encouraged and expected to learn through independent reading and subsequent reflection. They are
supported in this by the provision of an extensive, but prioritised, reading list. Practical skills are learnt by active participation in the laboratory practical classes.
Key skills are practised during the implementation of a geochemical study, and in the communication of the results of the study.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M100Practical report (2000 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Lab exercise1MHalf-day lab exercise
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The specialist skills, knowledge and understanding imparted during this module are assessed by means of a report
on the organic geochemical approaches taught in the practical classes and the data generated. The report
employs a range of approaches in order to accurately assess student abilities, including essay, calculation and
data interpretation skills. A formative assessment consisting of an in-class multiple choice test will also be used.

Reading Lists