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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Analytical Spectroscopy
Module Code CS303
School School of Chemical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Tia Keyes
Semester 2: Tia Keyes
Autumn: Tia Keyes
Module TeachersTia Keyes
Fiona Regan
Ciprian Briciu Burghina
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

To develop an understanding of the principles and applications of atomic and molecular spectroscopy. This module provides the theoretical background for analtyical experiments involving UV-Visible spectroscopy, spectrofluorimetry and atomic absorption and other emission spectroscopies. This module also introduces the student to the application of atomic and molecular spectroscopy to a wide range of environments e.g. industrial, pharmaceutical, environmental.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the mechanisms of and fundamental distinctions between molecular and atomic spectroscopy
2. Recognise the issues regarding sensitivity and selectivitiy of molecular and atomic spectroscopy and interpret the limitations and analytical issues associated with each method
3. Demonstrate analytical application of these atomic and molecular absorption and emission spectroscopies
4. Discriminate the analtyical problems that can be appropriately solved by these spectroscopies

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Lecture course
Independent Study89No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Principles of molecular and atomic spectroscopy as applied to analytical science

Analytical validation procedures as applied to analytical spectroscopy.

Precision and sensitivity of spectroscopic measurements.

Quantitative analysis by UV-Visible spectroscopy.

Determination of dissociation and formation constants from spectral data.

Theory and application of fluorescence spectroscopy.

Instrumentation used in UV-Visible and Fluorescence spectroscopy.

Spectroscopic behaviour in flames.

Atomic absorption spectroscopy.

Atomic emission spectroscopy.

Atomic fluorescence techniques.

Direct current and inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy.

Coupled techniques- ICP-MS. Atomic spectroscopic methods for trace analysis of metal ions."

Introduction to other forms of luminescence

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • D.C. Harris,: 1999, Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 5th Edition,,
  • Rouessac & Rouessac: 2000, Modern Instrumentation Methods and Techniques,, Wiley 2000.,
  • L. Ebdon: 1998, An Introduction to Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, Wiley,
  • H.H. Willard, L.L. Merritt, J.A. Dean, F.A. Settle,: 1988, Instrumental Methods of Analysis., 7th Edition,, Wadsworth 1988.,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ASBSc in Analytical Science
BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
IESAStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
IESAOStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SMPSCSingle Module Prof. Science and Health
Date of Last Revision28-JAN-11

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