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CH5203 - Analytical Chemistry (Advanced)

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

Analytical Chemistry is the branch of the discipline which provides qualitative information (what is in a sample) and quantitative information (how much is in a sample) about matter. This subject introduces the student to a range of techniques used for the analysis of an array of materials. The following topics are covered. Classical volumetric, gravimetric and titrimetric analysis. Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy - AA and ICP techniques and their application. Chromatography - basic theory and applications using liquid chromatography and gas chromatography as well as hyphenated techniques such as GC-MS and HPLC-MS. Capillary electrophoresis. Electroanalytical techniques, including potentiometric, voltametric and titrimetric methods. Techniques of sample preparation. Principles of Quality Assurance and Quality Control. The discussion of these techniques will be illustrated using industrial, environmental, biological and medical examples.

Learning Outcomes

  • an understanding of chromatographic techniques and their application;
  • an understanding of the fundamentals of electroanalytical chemistry and familiarity with field methods based on electrochemical principles;
  • development of an appreciation of the underlying chemistry of some important environmental issues;
  • familiarity with standard procedures for collection, preservation and preparation of samples, and familiarity with standard wet chemical methods of analysis, including those used for nutrient analyses;
  • familiarity with the theory and practice of atomic spectroscopy for the determination of metals.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to lead, manage and contribute effectively to teams;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.
Prerequisites: (CH1001 and CH1002) OR (CH1011 and CH1012)
CH2041 CH2103


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Michael Oelgemoeller, Dr Dana Roberts, Assoc. Professor Bruce Bowden, <Person not found>, Professor Peter Junk.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50% - 70%); practical component (20% - 40%); assignments (5% - 15%).

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