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CH2103 - Analytical Chemistry

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

Offered in SP2, every year

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

  • 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 background in analytical techniques for students wishing to continue with further study in chemistry or wishing to pursue a career in industry or government laboratories.

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 acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
Prerequisites: (CH1001 OR CH1011) AND (CH1002 OR CH1012)
CH2012 CH3013 CH5203


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Michael Oelgemoeller, <Person not found>, Dr Dana Roberts, Assoc. Professor Bruce Bowden, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60% - 80%); pracitcal component (20% - 40%).

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