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Unit information: Analytical Geochemistry in 2018/19

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Unit name Analytical Geochemistry
Unit code EASC20038
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Dr. Holtvoeth
Open unit status Not open

EASC10001 Geology 1, EASC10002 Environmental Geoscience, EASC10007 Computing for Earth Scientists and EASC10008 Introduction to Field Skills in Earth Sciences



School/department School of Earth Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit will cover the chemical analysis of soil and water samples using instrumental and wet-chemical methods. Lectures will cover electronic structures and spectroscopy, electrochemistry, chromatography, solution chemistry, statistics and data analysis. Practicals will cover sample preparation, analysis using ICP-OES, colorimetry, volumetric and electrochemical methods.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

  • Develop an appropriate sample collection in the field and sample preparation procedure in the lab.
  • Understand the physical principles behind analytical methods and be able to choose an appropriate analytical method for a particular problem.
  • Understand precision, accuracy and detection limits of analytical methods.
  • Be able to do calculations to convert between different chemical quantities.
  • Use statistics to determine the significance of analytical results in field sampling.

Teaching details

15 lectures and 5 practicals

Assessment Details

Five 4-page (maximum) practical write-ups (50%) and a 2 hour written exam (50%)

Reading and References


  • Skoog,D.A. (1985) Principles of Instrumental Analysis .
  • Radojevic, Miroslav & Bashkin, Vladimir N., (2006) Practical Environmental Analysis (Hardcover)