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CH5203 - Analytical Chemistry (Advanced)

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

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

  • Comprehend concepts in instrumental analysis, including accuracy and precision, sensitivity, selectivity, detection limit and dynamic range;
  • Describe the principles and applications of spectroscopic techniques including visible absorption, fluorescence, and atomic mass spectrometry;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of electrochemical techniques for chemical analysis;
  • Distinguish the need for, and uses of, separation techniques such as gas and liquid chromatography;
  • Compare and contrast a number of case studies illustrating the many and varied uses of chemical instrumentation for solving analytical problems;
  • Demonstrate expertise in the manipulation of chemicals, the use of chemical analysis techniques, risk assessment and the use of modern information technologies and data analysis;
  • Work in small groups and be competent in the written and oral presentation of scientific data, including in the context of an Evidence Hearing scenario.
Students who have not met the pre-requisites may be permitted to enrol after meeting the subject coordinator
Prerequisites: CH1001 OR CH1011
CH2041 CH2103


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Yang Liu
Lecturers: Dr Rosalind Gummow, Dr Yang Liu.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40% - 70%); mid semester exam (20% - 40%); 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.