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CH2103 - Analytical Chemistry

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
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Offered in SP2, every year

Analytical Chemistry is branch of chemistry which 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 characterization of materials is important. The topics covered include: Core Skills in analytical chemistry -this topic spans data analysis and record keeping as well as classical volumetric, gravimetric and titrimetric techniques. b. Instrumental analysis in analytical chemistry- this topic covers a range of commonly encountered analytical techniques including AAS, ICP-AES, XRF, XRD (powder and single crystal),UV-Vis, Mass Spectrometry (including MALDI, ESI, CI and EI), Column Chromatography(including GC and HPLC) and combination (hyphenated techniques) including GC-HPLC, HPLC-MS, ICP-MS as well as modern electro-analytical methods including Potentiometric, Voltametric and Coulometric methods. Laboratory Management and safety- this topic covers commonly encountered methods of sample preparation, principles of Quality Assurance and Quality Control and appropriate documentation of analytical procedures and an introduction to Queensland Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) legislation. All techniques and methods will be discussed in the context of a range of real, industrial, environmental, biological and medical contexts. As part of this course students will typically be given the opportunity to see some working analytical laboratories both on and off campus.

Learning Outcomes

  • enable students to choose the most appropriate technique for obtaining analytical information about the system under study;
  • enable students to understand the principal of operation of analytical instruments used in research and industrial laboratories;
  • enable students to choose an appropriate method of sample preparation for a particular sample matrix/ analytical technique combination;
  • enable students to demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of QA and QC used in chemistry laboratories;
  • provide a suitable back ground in analytical techniques across disciplines where analytical chemistry is important including Chemistry, Geology, Marine Biology and Engineering.
Prerequisites: (CH1001 OR CH1011) AND (CH1002 OR CH1012)
CH2012 CH3013 CH5203


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Dr Rosalie Hocking
Lecturers: Dr Rosalie Hocking, Assoc. Professor Bruce Bowden.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); other exams (20%); practical component (35%); safety exercise (5%).

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