A systems based approach to the teaching of instrumental chemical analysis

Hull, R and Arotsky, J 1997, A systems based approach to the teaching of instrumental chemical analysis , Project Report, University of Salford. (Unpublished)

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Instruments are taking an increasingly important role in chemistry and other sciences. Modern instruments are designed to optimise performance. As a consequence the operation of them is highly automated and there is little indication of how they are working. In addition the rapid developments in modern technology mean that design of instruments are constantly changing and new instruments are continuously evolving. This places a considerable burden on university science departments. The cost of instruments is enormous and this is amplified by the cost of replacing instruments in order to keep them up to date. The increase in instrumentation has altered the skill requirements of industry. In the past there was an emphasis on wet chemistry and the use of quantitative apparatus. Industry now requires individuals that are competent with highly automated equipment and the production of very large numbers of results in short time spans. Conversely and understanding of how an instrument works is necessary in order to optimise operation and to be aware of the quality of results that are produced. Chemistry departments generally have large numbers of obsolete but still working instruments. These instruments operate on the same basic principles as modern instruments. However the technique that they use to process the results is cumbersome and slow. Finally there is an hitherto unsatisfied demand to provide graduates with appropriate skills in information technology. This demand has appeared against a background where there is pressure to maximise the use of resources.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QD Chemistry
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Publisher: University of Salford
Funders: Teaching and Learning Quality Improvement Scheme
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2009 10:05
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:31
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2113

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