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Unit information: Analytical Geochemistry in 2021/22

Unit name Analytical Geochemistry
Unit code EASC20038
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Dr. Hendy
Open unit status Not open

EASC20041 Numerical Methods and Programming

School/department School of Earth Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will cover the chemical analysis of gas, sediment and water samples using instrumental and wet-chemical methods.

Lectures will cover electronic structures and spectroscopy, electrochemistry, chromatography, solution chemistry, statistics and data analysis. Practicals will cover sample collection and preparation, analysis using ICP-OES, colorimetry, volumetric and electrochemical methods.

The unit is taught over 5 weeks, with assessed assignments being completed and submitted in the following three weeks.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Develop skills in appropriate sample collection, field measurements and analytical laboratory methods.
  • Understand the physical principles behind analytical methods and be able to choose an appropriate analytical method for a particular problem.
  • Understand precision, accuracy and detection limits of analytical methods.
  • Be able to do calculations to convert between different chemical quantities.
  • Be able to explore analytical results graphically and statistically using Matlab and practice scientific conventions of reporting

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through a combination of

  • asynchronous online materials and, if subsequently possible, synchronous face-to-face lectures
  • synchronous office hours
  • asynchronous directed individual formative activities and exercises
  • guided, structured reading
  • practical work in the laboratory

Students who either begin or continue their studies in an online mode may be required to complete practical work, or alternative activities in person, either during the academic year 2020/21 or subsequently, in order to meet the intended learning outcomes for the unit, prepare them for subsequent units or to satisfy accreditation requirements.

Assessment Information

Coursework 100%

Coursework will comprise 5 practicals write-ups


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.