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: Biomedical Science


2020/1, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Stefan Erhardt
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning and teaching methods cover the learning outcomes and support them in various ways. LO1 and LO3, LO4 will be covered in seminars, where you will be learning the theory of analytical methods used in pharmaceutical science. The format of these seminars is of different types: some are lecturer-led and others utilise a flipped-classroom approach where students will present and discuss various topics related to analytical methods. Scheduled group work will focus on problem-solving tasks, which are carried out in small groups, to stimulate the student’s engagement and teamwork skills.

LO2 and LO5 will be covered in laboratory workshops, where students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with analytical instruments or techniques. The students are supported by lecturers and demonstrators during the laboratory sessions and will be provided with verbal feedback on their practical skills and tutorial exercises during these sessions. However, the students are expected to work independently in small teams which will nurture their team working skills.

Formative Assessment:
There will be a continuous formative online assessment, which will ensure regular engagement of the students with the learning content. These online quizzes will be available for the students immediately after each teaching session. Model answers will be provided to students once all students have completed each quiz.
A formative ‘mock’ online exam will be provided one week before the summative online exam. Students will receive immediate feedback on their performance after the test and will be able to re-take the test as often as they wish.
During the theory and laboratory workshops, when students are performing problem solving exercises they’ll receive direct verbal and written feedback including model answers where appropriate, from a member of staff

Summative Assessment:
LO1, LO3 and LO4 will be assessed by an online exam (digital examination). The students will have previous experience with this type exam due to the continuous online quizzes and a revision example online exam will be provided towards the end of the trimester (week 12).

LO2 and LO5 will be assessed via a practical task and a laboratory report, based on data obtained during the practical task. The practical skill’s mark will be determined by the percentage of the error of their analysis and will be part of the laboratory report mark. The laboratory report requires to have several sections, e.g. experimental design, data collection and analysis, which will be receive separate sub marks. The results of the practical task will be reported with the laboratory report and the deviation from the expect value for an unknown sample will be one of the marking criteria.

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
Digital Examination (not Centrally Timetabled) 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

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.

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