Core Module Information
Module title: Introduction to Analytical Science

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MIC11114
Module leader: Stefan Erhardt
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences


Description of module content:

This module covers fundamental principles of analytical science as relevant to pharmaceutical research and practice within industry.
You will learn about the underlying theory of various key spectrophotometric, spectroscopic, and spectrometric analytical methods and link theory to practice in hands-on laboratory workshops. You will learn methods in experimental design and analytical problem-solving. You will learn about quantitative and qualitative analytical methods, e.g. UV/Vis spectrophotometry, fluorescence spectroscopy, and mass spectrometry (including its complementary applications to combined chromatographic analysis).
You will also be introduced to industry-standard quality frameworks in laboratory procedures. You will learn the key theory and practical applications of Separation Science: analytical and preparative chromatography. Sample preparation: extraction methods (including liquid-liquid and solid-phase extraction methods); and chemical derivatisation to facilitate analysis.
You will apply statistical analysis methods to evaluate the accuracy and quality of your results.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: understand in depth the principles and applications of different spectroscopic, spectrophotometric and spectrometric analytical methods.
LO2: analyse qualitatively and quantitatively known and unknown substances.
LO3: critically appraise the capabilities and limitations of instrumentation and methods in drug analysis.
LO4: demonstrate a critical awareness of the scope and applications of separation science.
LO5: evaluate and recommend suitable sampling, sample preparation and data handling strategies, with appropriate application of statistics.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Stefan Erhardt
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Seminar 14
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 8
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 20
Online Guided independent study 22
Independent Learning Guided independent study 136
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 1,3 & 4 9 HOURS= 1, WORDS= 0
Laboratory report 50 2 & 5 13 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

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