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ES4031 Analytical Sciences

SCOTCAT credits:5
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions:Available to students on the MSc Geochemistry degree and Geography Honours programme.
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module is designed to support students who do not have a strong background in the analytical methods used in Earth Science. These include, for example, students enrolled in BSc Geography or MSc Geochemistry degree programmes. The module comprises a series of seven lectures starting with the basic principles of accuracy and precision, which are then illustrated in the context of the most common analytical methods used in the geosciences. Students are asked to independently research an analytical method of interest. This is then presented in a poster imitating the poster sessions at major conferences. Posters are marked by both students (peer assessment) and staff (different weighting). The module will give students the necessary training to allow them to excel in other Earth Science modules.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Geography or Sustainable Development students.

UG Co-requisite(s):Any Level 4 or 5 module for BSc students.
UG Anti-requisite(s):EG4031


Normally core for MSc Geochemsitry.

PG Co-requisite(s):CH3721 for MSc Geochemistry students

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:7 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 8-hour poster presentation day over the semester.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 15
  • Guided independent study: 35

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework (Poster session) = 100%
UG Re-assessment:No Re-assessment available
Postgraduate Assessment :Coursework (Poster session) = 100%
Re-assessment:No Re-Assessment available


Module coordinator:Dr R Wilson
Module teaching staff:Earth and Environmental Sciences staff