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CHEM2291 Analytical and Applied Chemistry

10 creditsClass Size: 170

Module manager: Dr Richard Ansell

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 1 Chemistry or equivalent

Module replaces

CHEM2290 Equilibrium and Analysis (in part) COLO2600 Advances in Colour and Polymer Sciences (in part)

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module provides a theoretical basis for quantitative and qualitative analytical chemistry, in particular analysis by chromatographic methods such as GC, HPLC, GC-MS and LC-MS. The module explores areas of applied chemistry, such as colour and polymer chemistry, introducing new concepts and applications that are of scientific and commercial significance. The module includes multiple examples of real-world applications and is assessed in part by a 1500-word essay where students research and describe a relevant area of chemistry.


The module seeks to:
- give an introduction to the principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative analysis;
- give students an understanding of the principles of separation methods and chromatographic;
- introduce other areas of applied chemistry including polymer chemistry and colour science;
- promote student engagement with a specific area of the scientific literature in some depth via researching and writing an essay.

Learning outcomes
At the end of this module students should demonstrate:
1) the ability to solve problems involving the distribution of an analyte between different phases and relevant equilibria;
2) an understanding of how phase equilibria underly most forms of chromatography and simple models of chromatography;
3) a basic understanding of how GC, GC-MS, HPLC, LC-MS work and their applications;
4) the ability to search for, read and summarise published scientific literature via the research and writing of an essay;
5) an understanding of the nature of colour as a visual and physical phenomenon, and general concepts relating to its creation, description and reproduction;
6) an understanding of the general principles of UV-vis spectroscopy and spectrophotometry techniques;
7) an understanding of commercially-important polymerisation techniques including ionic polymerisation, and the creation of branched/crosslinked polymers;
8) an understanding of the use of polymers in the creation of commodity products, advanced materials and contemporary biomaterials.


- Chromatography and separations - phase equilibria, solvent extraction, solid-phase extraction and ion exchange, chromatographic theory, HPLC, Gas chromatography, LC-MS and GC-MS: 8 lectures/workshops.
- Colour science - Colour, light and matter, creation of colour by absorption, scattering, interference and luminescence, novel applications of colorants and coloured materials: 6 lectures/workshops.
- Polymer chemistry - Ionic polymerisations, synthesis and curing of epoxy polymers, use of polymers within biomaterials, biopolymers and their use within commercial products: 6 lectures/workshops.
- Session on literature searching: 1 workshop.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning61.006.00
Example Class181.0018.00
Independent online learning hours12.00
Private study hours64.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

76h (including 12h online study - quizzes, making notes, additional reading and research)

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular examples classes for which worked solutions will be available.
Option to submit a draft paragraph and references for formative feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation1800 word essay on choice of titles set by lecturers.50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 07/07/2022 11:10:17


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