Analytical Chemistry

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Analytical Chemistry

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (CVB101 or SCB111) and (SCB121 or CVB102) and (SCB131 or CVB102)  

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit is an introduction to modern chemical analysis, including some common instrumental techniques, which are firmly linked to the theory and practice of the discipline in a modern, working laboratory. You will gain essential analytical and deductive skills for chemical science as well as laboratory-based experience in sampling, treatment of samples, principles and practice of making high-quality chemical measurements with chromatographic and spectroscopic instrumentation. This unit further develops your knowledge and technical laboratory skills in chemical instrumentation and analysis. It links to the work previously undertaken in CVB101 General Chemistry and prepares you for the final semester major capstone unit CVB304 Chemistry Research Project.

    Learning Outcomes
    To successfully complete this unit you will demonstrate that you can:
    1.    Re-evaluate and apply organic, inorganic and physical chemistry theory to make reliable chemical measurements using scientific instrumentation in spectroscopy and chromatography.
    2.    Critique and report on experimental data and results using critically reflective scientific capabilities.
    3.    Interpret and critically review data generated in the laboratory using statistical and graphical techniques.
    4.    Perform laboratory procedures in a careful and precise manner and obtain reliable results.
    5.    Evaluate and communicate laboratory results in a scientifically critical manner.


    Within each category, a guided approach leading from experimental result to conceptual model to predictability and testability will be adopted. Success will depend on recall of relevant factual material as a necessary preparation for solving problems.

    Development of Valid Analytical Methods:
    Collection of specimens (sampling) and basic sample pre-treatment methods.
    Measures to ensure reliability of measurements: including use of reference materials, spiking and standards additions methods
    Parameters used to develop valid analytical methods: including accuracy, precision, linear range, detection limit, specificity, sensitivity and robustness.

    Spectroscopic methods of Analysis:
    Principles of analysis using near-infrared and mid-infrared spectrometry
    Principles of quantitative analysis using UV-Visible spectrophotometry
    Principles of atomic absorption and emission spectrometry
    Introduction to plasma sources for optical emission and mass spectrometric analysis.

    Chromatographic Methods of Analysis:
    Principles of separation science and chromatography
    Principles and applications of Gas Chromatography
    Principles and applications of high-performance liquid chromatography
    Introduction to ion chromatography and other chromatographic methods.

    In addition to preparing you for later studies in analytical chemistry, this unit contributes strongly to the development of important attributes you are expected to demonstrate as a graduate of the course, namely:
    ·    technical proficiency in volumetric and weighing operations in the laboratory
    ·    data collection, recording and application of basic statistical techniques in interpreting the results
    ·    critical reasoning, problem-solving and refection on experimental approaches
    ·    communication and preparation of graphs and charts of scientific data
    ·    working independently and in small teams in management of tasks

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