SCQF Level: 08
Module Code: FOR212
Credit Value: 20
Term: Term 2
School: School of Science, Engineering & Technology
A module designed to teach basic analytical skills and the theory behind these techniques, and to relate them to forensic and biomedical applications
The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of basic analytical techniques.
By the end of this module the student should be able to:
1. Select, describe and apply analytical methods
2. Apply, interpret and report statistical tests for data analysis
3. Carry out a range of specified analyses
Sample custody and traceability. Data interpretation and reporting.
2 Sample Preparation
Sampling. Drying. Crushing. Weighing. Dissolution. Separation and concentration.
Electromagnetic radiation and the nature of light. Beer Lambert law. Theory of spectroscopy. Instrumentation. UV-visible, IR and AAS spectroscopy. Presumptive tests. Spectroscopic
4 Theory and Principles of Chromatography
Introduction to TLC.
Diagnostic and detection systems based on antibody-antigen interaction: RIA, ELISA, Agglutination, Precipitation reactions. Direct, Indirect and sandwich assays. Use of serological methods in diagnosis of infectious diseases and forensic applications such as body fluid identification
Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Delivery is through lectures and seminars, and laboratory work in a problem-based learning context. Lectures are informative, and are reinforced through self-study and seminars. Practical activities train in basic skills and incorporate a PBL exercise to help develop confident thinkers. Working in practical groups will help develop flexible collaborators. Assessment by exam and practical portfolio.
Teaching and Learning Work Loads
|Supervised Practical Activity||21|
|Unsupervised Practical Activity||21|
Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.