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CH2103 - Analytical Chemistry

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Offered in SP2, every year

Analytical Chemistry is the branch of chemistry that provides qualitative information (what is in a sample) and quantitative information (how much is in a sample) about matter. A good knowledge of analytical chemistry is important in any discipline where the characterisation of materials is important. The topics will include core skills in analytical chemistry such as data analysis, classical volumetric, gravimetric and titrimetric techniques, instrumental analysis in analytical chemistry such as chromatography (GC and HPLC) and spectrometry (UV-Vis, MS), as well as principles of Quality Assurance and Quality Control and appropriate documentation of analytical procedures. All techniques and methods will be discussed in the context of a range of real, industrial, environmental, biological and medical contexts.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand the basic knowledge of analytical chemistry;
  • describe the principles and applications of spectroscopic techniques;
  • distinguish the need and uses of separation techniques such as gas and liquid chromatography;
  • understand a range of analytical techniques with knowledge of the limitations and complementarity of the techniques;
  • demonstrate knowledge of modern Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures.
Students may be allowed to enrol if they have not met the pre-requisites after meeting subject coordinator
Prerequisites: CH1001 OR CH1011
CH2012 CH3013 CH5203


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Yang Liu
Lecturers: Dr Mark Robertson, Dr Yang Liu.
Contact hours:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 21 hours practicals
    Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); mid semester exam (20%); practical exercises (40%).

    Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.