Module Title:Spectroscopy for Biosciences
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Spectroscopy for Biosciences is taught as two 1-hour theory classes each week and one 3-hour practical class every second week over one semester. Students will be required to prepare practical reports analysing their own results. Course lecture notes, additional materials, announcements and other course-related information will be available on Blackboard, a virtual learning environment. Module-related issues or questions that may arise will be discussed at lectures. Online resources will be used. Students can contact lecturer outside of class hours to discuss feedback on reports and assessments. Blended learning and pedagogical technologies such as Blackboard Collaborate will be used where appropriate.
Module Aim: To develop the learners' understanding of the analytical applications of UV-visible (UV-vis) and infrared (IR) spectroscopies and familiarise them with the principles, interpretation, and biologically relevant applications of mass spectrometry (MS), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. Learners will also develop their theoretical and practical knowledge in relation to chromatographic methods.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the principles, instruments, and applications of various spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques, and interpret the output of these techniques to extract analytically meaningful information.
LO2 Demonstrate practical measurement and analytical skills using a range of laboratory instruments and data acquisition systems.
LO3 Work effectively in a group and demonstrate good communication skills within a group, in presentation format, and in written reporting of laboratory activities.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 2 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
System suitability for chromatography - parameters, calculations, and interpretation; van Deemter equation - theory and application
Spectrophotometric Techniques
Principles, instrumentation, and biologically relevant applications of a range of spectroscopic/spectrometric techniques including ultra violet (UV) infra-red (IR) spectra, mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), Raman spectroscopy.
Practical skills will be advanced in chromatographic (TLC/IC/GC/HPLC) separation and analysis, and in spectrophotometric analysis (UV-visible, IR, AAS) and in associated sample preparation procedures.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical and CA
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Presentation summarising and appraising a relevant article from the scientific literature. 1,3 10.00 Week 4
Examination 1 hour exam 1 20.00 Week 7
Examination 1 hour exam 1 20.00 Week 12
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical reports 1,2,3 50.00 Every Second Week
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 2.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 1.50
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 5.53
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SABTP_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biosciences with Biopharmaceuticals 6 Mandatory
CW_SABFQ_D Bachelor of Science in Biosciences 6 Mandatory