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NES3410 : Analytical Chemistry in Practice

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr David Fulton
  • Lecturer: Dr Alex Charlton, Dr Matt Hopkinson, Dr Erli Lu
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to provide students with experience in modern analytical chemistry of relevance to applications across chemistry and medicinal chemistry. The module also trains students to develop analytical protocols in a project - format. The focus will be on chromatography, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry, techniques which are of direct relevance to the pharmaceutical, fine chemicals and all industries that relay on chemical analysis.

Students will learn about analytical techniques and then through a combination of simulation and use of actual instrumentation, design analytical methods to solve problems in separations or elucidate structures of unknown substances. Ultimately, students will gain the skills and experiences required to operate in modern industrial/academic analytical laboratories and also improve their problem solving skills.

Outline Of Syllabus

Analysis and structural elucidation of unknown compound catalogue

Independent use of some or all of the following techniques:
Mass Spectrometry (Low and High resolution)
High Performance Liquid Chromatography
Gas Chromatography
High field (multi-dimensional) NMR

Report generation

Training in problem solving

Project management

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Induction lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Lectures and seminars on on Analytical Techniques
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical46:0024:00Dry laboratory: Analytical project work including simulation tasks
Guided Independent StudyProject work148:0048:00Practical challenge and report
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1115:00115:00Background reading and reviewing project material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M40Analytical techniques
Report2M60Practical challenge report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The course provides training on advanced techniques of analytical chemistry and then a challenge project. These two components will be assessed separately. A report format is preferred because the assessments need to demonstrate a critical understanding of the analytical techniques, writing and problem-solving skills in the context of a project on analytical method development.

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