Module Title:Sampling and Separation Science 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module content previously outlined will be taught in a one hour theory class and one three hour practical session per week. The emphasis will be on the development of good laboratory techniques and experience in the art of chemical separations. Particular emphasis will be placed on the theory and applications of chromatography and other more traditional methods of chemical separation. To encourage an interest in the subject area students may be brought on industrial visits (where possible and appropriate) to illustrate the importance and industrial applications of the module content.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to impart knowledge of the importance of good sampling procedures and of the fundamental principles of separation methods used in chemical analysis and to provide practical training in this subject area with due regard to best practice and safety.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe and discuss the importance of rigorous sampling procedures
LO2 Discuss the principles and background chemistry involved in routinely used separation methods
LO3 Discuss appropriate applications of the techniques studied.
LO4 Perform the designated laboratory exercises with due regard to safety and best practice.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Section 1.1
Sampling (representative) of solids, liquids and gases
Section 2.2
Solvent extraction. Principles, KD, D, pH, ion association, chelation, continuous and multiple extractions, Ka, clean-up and concentration techniques, calculations.
Section 1.3
Distillation: Fractional, reduced pressure and azeotropic distillation. Raoult’s Law and deviations.
Section 1.4
Chromatography: Basic principles, adsorption, partition. Stationary and mobile phases. Separation on molecular level. Band broadening. Thin layer and Paper chromatography. Stationary and mobile phases, detectors.
Section 1.5
Steam Distillation: Principles and applications
The scheduled practicals will develop the following skills: solvent extraction, distillation, chromatographic analysis.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the CA and Practical
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Three 1 hour exams 1,2,3 60.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Laboratory book 4 40.00 Sem 1 End
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 5.13
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SAPHA_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutics and Drug Formulation 5 Mandatory
CW_SAASC_D Bachelor of Science in Analytical Science 5 Mandatory