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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Advanced Spectroscopy
Module Code CS425
School School of Chemical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Mary Pryce
Semester 2: Susan Kelleher
Autumn: Mary Pryce
Module TeachersConor Long
Mary Pryce
Susan Kelleher
Ruairí Brannigan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

The purpose of this module is to give student a detailed knowledge modern NMR and MS techniques. This will underpin examples that demonstrate why these have risen to prominence in the field of qualitative molecular analysis. Through worked examples the students will gain expertise in the application of the techniques in the identification of unknown molecular species.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain in detail how the physical principles underlying NMR, IR and MS provide detailed information that permits the exploitation of these techniques in analysis.
2. Appreciate the technical and physical basis of NMR and MS and how development of these techniques has been possible.
3. Understand the specific information that can be obtained from NMR, IR and MS.
4. Analyse NMR, IR and MS data to identify relatively simple unknown substances.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the state-of-the-art in the application of NMR and MS in chemical and pharmaceutical analysis.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

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

Time domain spectroscopy
Information content of 1H and 13C NMR spectra. Physical basis for NMR spectroscopy. Fourier transform. Time domain IR. Advanced techniques; decoupling, NOE, 2D techniques.

Mass spectrometry
Physical basis of MS. Application of MS in structural determination. Fragmentation. Survey of modern mass spectrometry.

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

  • F. McLafferty, F. Tureck: 0, Interpretation of Mass Spectra, any,
  • H. Friebolin: 0, Basic one- and two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy, Weinheim,
  • Silverstein, Bassler and Morrill:: 0, Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds, Wiley,
  • J.R. Chapman: 0, Practical Organic Mass Spectrometry, Wiley,
  • M.E. Rose, R.A.W Johnston: 0, Mass Spectrometry for Chemists and Biochemists, Cambridge University Press,
  • D.H. Williams and J. Fleming: 0, Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry, McGraw Hill,
Other Resources

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IESAStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
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SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
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