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CHY1402 : Analytical Methods and their Applications

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Andrew Benniston
  • Lecturer: Dr Zuleykha McMillan, Dr Johan Eriksson, Dr Corinne Wills, Dr Cristina Navarro Reguero, Dr Hanno Kossen
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce the basic aspects of organic spectroscopy, infra-red spectroscopy and identify
compounds from their spectra. Students will also be introduced to the Woodward-Feiser rules which
include conjugated diene correlations and aromatic compounds. To teach students how to use ChemDraw for the drawing of structures and reaction schemes. To introduce experimental design and to evaluate ‘real’ chemistry data and critically evaluate spectra.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic Principles of Organic Spectroscopy
Professor AC Benniston/Dr C Wills

Mass spectrometry and elemental analysis
Infra-Red spectroscopy
13C NMR spectroscopy
1H NMR spectroscopy
Identifying compounds from their spectra
Woodward-Feiser Rules
Revision Class

Use of ChemDraw
Prof Benniston,Dr Kossen and Dr Wills

How to draw correct structures
Making up reaction schemes
On site test

Experimental design
Dr H Kossen

Reaction design and experimental set-up, product analysis
Chromatography: TLC, column chromatography
Liquid chromatography (HPLC, reversed phase HPLC, LCMS), Gas chromatography

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30In-class test
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Computer Practical
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:3080:30Complete practice test questions and go through lecture notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding are acquired through lectures. Students will practice worked examples of
spectroscopy and will gain experience in computer applications through the chemical simulation exercises. Experience of interpretation of real chemical problems.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination902A67Spectroscopy and Data analysis of real chemical data - multi choice class test
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M33ChemDraw - Computer based exercise (staff marked). 60 minutes.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessed work (class test and computer based exercise) allows the student to practise and consolidate the lecture material and allows the student and the academic subject tutor to monitor progress towards the learning outcomes.

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