module specification

CY6061 - Advanced Bioanalytical Science (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Advanced Bioanalytical Science
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
106 hours Guided independent study
44 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Practical Report (1000 words)
Unseen Examination 60%   Unseen exam (90 mins)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Friday Morning

Module summary

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.
The module aims to develop students’ understanding of advanced bioanalytical techniques and to enable students to determine which analytical technique is suitable for a particular type of sample. The module will reinforce and build on analysis skills introduced in CH5007 and provide an opportunity for students to interpret more advanced data, particularly spectra and chromatograms and to solve defined problems. The students will gain practical experience in selected analytical techniques.
This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility and decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts. The module should also help students to gain the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.

Prior learning requirements

CY5051, CY5062


Development and application of modern analytical instrumentation.  Validation of analytical measurements. Quality assurance, quality control and SOPs. LO1,LO2

Chromatographic techniques such as: size exclusion chromatography, affinity chromatography and ion exchange chromatography. LO1

Atomic spectroscopy. Instrumentation and applications. Atomic absorption spectroscopy: hollow cathode lamps; pneumatic nebulisers; the air-acetylene flame as an atom cell for atomic absorption. Inductively coupled plasma (ICP), arcs, sparks and other discharges as atom cells. X-ray techniques including x-ray fluorescence. LO1,LO2,LO4

Hybrid techniques: Gas chromatography with mass spectrometric detection (GC-MS), liquid chromatography with mass spectrometric detection (LC-MS), inductively coupled plasma with mass spectrometric detection (ICP-MS). Applications to include metal analysis by ICP-MS; selective and sensitive detection of analytes using GC-FTIR. LO1,LO2,LO4

Mass spectrometry: electron impact ionisation fragmentation patterns and their use in structural elucidation of a molecule. Proteomics and metabolomics; analysis using LC-MS; to include a case study on the detection of phytoestrogens in urine. LO1,LO2,LO4

Methods for the detection of drugs of abuse using amphetamines as an example: to include fluorescence polarisation immunoassay (FPIA) and identification of amphetamines by mass spectrometry. LO1,LO4

Biosensors with a focus on the development of the glucose biosensor and future development of implantable biosensors. LO1,LO2

Raman spectroscopy: Mechanism of generation of Raman spectra, comparison of Raman and IR data. LO1,LO2,LO4

To reinforce and develop analysis skills, there will be an emphasis on analysis of data: HPLC chromatograms, including trouble shooting – how to achieve good separation on HPLC; GC-MS data; LC-MS spectra; NMR spectra. LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students will be allowed the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the subject material through teacher-led activities in the form of lectures (26 hours) and tutorials (10 hours) and practicals (8 hours). This will be supported by the use of directed reading and the provision of web-based material (106 hours). Students' abilities to seek, handle and interpret information will be developed through tutorial exercises. Students' abilities to think critically and produce solutions will be developed through the presentation of a practical laboratory report and data evaluation exercises encountered in tutorials. Students will be expected to reflect on taught material in order to demonstrate their understanding of the principles and practices of modern bioanalytical techniques.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate the principles and practice of selected bioanalytical techniques;
2.  Discuss critically the impact of these techniques in the analysis of a variety of different sample matrices;
3.  Evaluate and interpret HPLC chromatograms and GC-MS data;
4.  Complete analyses with due attention to quality control, evaluate the data obtained and communicate results effectively.


Core texts: Anderson, R. J., Bendell, D. J., Groundwater, P.W. (2004) Organic Spectroscopic Analysis, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK

Harris, D. C. (2010) Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 8th Edition, W H Freeman and Co.  New York, USA

Skoog, D. A., Crouch, S. R., and Holler, F. J.  (2006) Principles of Instrumental Analysis, 6th Edition, Brooks/Cole, USA

Williams, D. and Fleming, I. (2008) Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry, 6th Edition, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Maidenhead, UK.

Journals: RSC Advances (RSC), Dalton Transactions (RSC), Inorganic Chemistry (ACS), Journal of the American Chemical Society (ACS)