Module details for Investigative Analytical Science


This module is designed to teach basic analytical skills,the theory behind these techniques, and an understanding of their application in forensic and biomedical contexts.


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, AAS spectroscopy. Presumptive tests. Spectroscopic techniques.

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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 18
Practical Activity 15
Assessment 50
Independent 105
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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