CHEM40240 Spectroscopic Techniques (TCD)

Academic Year 2023/2024

The module aims to give students the opportunity to develop a theoretical, analyticaland practical approach to the use of spectroscopic techniques. It includes contentrelated to: the physical principles underlying the techniques, instrument operationalparameters and application to various chemical and biological systems. Thetechniques covered include Infrared (IR), near infrared (NIR), Raman, UV-visible,Circular Dichroism and Emission spectroscopy. These techniques will be taught fromthe perspective of theory, spectral output and compound analysis. The scope of thecourse will include sample type, preparation, spectrometer parameters and nature ofthe spectral experiment, and analyses of the spectral output. Students are exposed toeach technique in a systematic and in-depth way. The emphasis is on the applicationof spectroscopy in the laboratory.

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Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should:· Have a knowledge and understanding of the theoretical principlesunderpinning general spectroscopic techniques used routinely in Industry;· Be familiar operational constraints of each technique;· Be aware of sampling procedures· Be able to analyse and interpret data and have an appreciation of thelimitations of the each spectroscopic technique· Be capable of designing a method combining different techniques· Be able to identify the most suitable spectroscopic techniques for the analysisof a given sampleCourse is Graded as Pass (60%) or Honours (76%)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The content is delivered through lectures. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Literature survey Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
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Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 5 Mon 14:00 - 15:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 7 Mon 14:00 - 15:50