Investigative Analytical Science


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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Indicative Content

1 Quality

Sample custody and traceability. Data interpretation and reporting.

2 Sample Preparation

Sampling. Drying. Crushing. Weighing. Dissolution. Separation and concentration.

3 Spectroscopy

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.

5 Immunotechnology

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.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 194
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 18
Supervised Practical Activity 18
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 50
Independent 96

Guidance notes

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.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.