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Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Unit Catalogue 2008/09

PA10009 Instrumental analysis & spectroscopic interpretation

Credits: 6
Level: Certificate
Semester: 2
Assessment: CW 0%, EX 100%
Aims: Building on unit PA10004, to give the student practical experience of using a variety of analytical instruments to explore selected pharmaceutical applications; to develop data handling and interpretation skills; to introduce the student to the use of spectroscopic data in organic chemical structure elucidation, and to survey the various technologies used in medical imaging.
Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the unit the student should be able to:
(a) follow written and verbal instructions to use simple analytical instruments,
(b) demonstrate a familiarity with the forms in which data are presented, the relevant units and constants,
(c) perform necessary calculations and data manipulations to interpret results,
(d) draw appropriate conclusions on the basis of experimental data,
(e) present results and conclusions of a practical experiment in written and oral form,
(f) interpret spectroscopic data to identify chemical structure, and to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the techniques used in medical imaging.
Study skills, handling information (T/F); Working with others, problem solving (T/F).
Introduction to nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry - how these techniques, along with infra-red spectra, can give access to molecular structure of organic compounds. Analytical methods used in medical imaging. Practical aspects of thin layer, gas and high performance liquid chromatography, UV-, IR-, fluorescence- and atomic absorbtion spectroscopy.