CY5062 - Spectroscopic Methods (2020/21)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2020/21|
|Module title||Spectroscopic Methods|
|Module level||Intermediate (05)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Human Sciences|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2020/21||
Description: This module will develop problem solving and report writing skills in qualitative analytical chemistry and to enable students to identify analytical substrates on the basis of combined analytical results from a variety of sources.
Prior learning requirements
CY4001 and CY4002
Application of nuclear magnetic spectroscopy to structural identification of simple organic molecules. Origin, measurement and structural implications of chemical shift, peak area and coupling.
Application of mass spectrometry to structural identification of simple organic molecules. Fragmentation energies and simple fragmentation patterns, isotope patterns.
Introduction of infrared spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy to provide information of chemical composition of simple structures. LO1,LO2
Identification of the development of transferable skills for employment in scientific environments. Professional issues: career opportunities; professional qualifications; production and maintenance of personal profile and curriculum vitae. LO3
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Teaching and learning sessions include lectures/workshops (20 h), tutorials (9 h), practical (4 h) with feedback where appropriate.
Tutorials have an emphasis on problem solving based on pre-set work with student participation. Students will be expected to prepare in advance for tutorials to develop problem-solving skills using worksheets provided. Feedback from these sessions facilitates the learning process. Self-managed time and private study (97 hours) should be spread out over the semester and not left until the final weeks. Lectures are used to set context and to deliver subject material, and are linked to tutorials, practicals and problem sessions. Students will be expected to reflect on the learning experience and develop their own understanding of the material.
On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:
1. Understand the basic principles and theory behind NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, IR spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy;
2. Analyse spectroscopic data to predict the chemical structure of a compound;
3. Use the preparation of a portfolio to reflect on their employability and personal development.
The module will be assessed by means of an end of module examination (50%, 1 hour) which will assess the students’ abilities to analyse spectroscopic data critically and solve problems, coursework component (30%, 1000 words) and a PDP component (20%).
The coursework component will require completing the practical session and reporting the results in the style of a Journal article, which will also develop communication skills and engaging with the literature.
A minimum aggregate mark of 40% will be required to pass the module. If the module is passed on reassessment, then the maximum mark awarded will be 40%.
Core Text: Williams, D. H., and Fleming, I. (2007) Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry, 6th Edition, Magraw Hill.
Other Texts: Anderson,R. J., Bendell, D. J. and Groundwater, P. W. (2004) Organic Spectroscopic Analysis, RSC.
Duckett, S., Gilbert, B. (2000) Foundations of Spectroscopy, Oxford Chemistry Primers 78, OUP.
Hollas, J. M. (2003) Modern Spectroscopy, 4th Edn, John Wiley & Sons.
Electronic Databases: Specific links to websites will be given on Weblearn including links from
Spectral Database for Organic Compounds SDBS (http://sdbs.db.aist.go.jp)