Analytical Chemistry

Course code CHEM2110Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

The first part of the course covers an introduction into measurements in analytical chemistry and a short introduction into statistics. The second part provides an introduction to the basic instrumental methods of chemical analysis which are commonly used in analytical laboratories, these include spectrophotometry and atomic absorption. Next important titrimetric methods will be covered: acid-base, complexometric, or redox titrations. Titrations still play an important role in the modern analytical laboratory, to a large extent because many titrations can be fully automated. However, the basic reactions and methods of indication are the same. Particularly the study of the chemical equilibrium is fundamental for all titrimetric methods. Towards the end of the course basic separation techniques including chromatography will be covered. Spreadsheets are introduced for calculations in the lectures and further exercises are done in the tutorials. Theory is brought to practice in the laboratory using a wide range of typical examples.
The course forms part of the accredited degree program required for Membership of Royal Australian Chemical Institute Inc. and Chartered Chemist qualifications.

This course has compulsory course components and students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able:

1. to develop expertise relevant to the professional practice of chemistry
2. to develop an understanding of the range and uses of analytical methods in chemistry
3. to establish an appreciation of the role of chemistry in quantitative analysis
4. to develop an understanding of the broad role of the chemist in measurement and problem solving for analytical tasks
5. to provide an understanding of chemical methods employed for elemental and compound analysis
6. to provide experience in some scientific methods employed in analytical chemistry
7. to develop skills in procedures and instrumental methods applied in analysis tasks
8. to develop skills in the scientific method of planning, developing, conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments
9. to develop some understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in working on chemical analysis
Content1. Measurements, Statistics
2. Spectrophotometry
electromagnetic radiation
atomic and molecular energy levels
absorption and emission of radiation, spectra
Beer's law relationship between absorption and concentration
instruments for UV-visible spectrophotometry
choosing a spectrophotometric method
techniques of spectrophotometric determination
3. Redox-Chemistry
redox-equations
the Nernst equation
electrodes
indicators
4. Electroanalytical Methods
electrolysis and electrodeposition
coulometry
polarography
electrode types
applications
5. Chemical Equilibrium
6. Acid-Base Equilibria and Titrations
strong and weak acids and bases,
the ionisation constant, pKa
buffers
polyprotic acids
acid-base indicators
7. Complexation Equilibria and Titrations
Lewis theory of acids and bases, coordination chemistry
edta
masking, buffers
complexation indicator
8. Redox Titrations
electrodes
indicators
9. Atomic Spectroscopy
atomic absorption spectroscopy
flame emission spectroscopy
plasma and electric discharge spectroscopy
10. Separations
precipitation
solvent extraction
ion exchange
11. Chromatography
principles of chromatography
gas chromatography
liquid chromatography
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCHEM1010 and CHEM1020.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Lecture
Laboratory
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalThis has a compulsory course component. Students must obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course in order to demonstrate that they have fulfilled course objectives relating to the understanding of the material expounded during lectures and/or described in assigned readings.

On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark. In such case, the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Laboratory ExercisesThis has a compulsory course component. Students must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in order to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled course objectives relating to appropriate laboratory skills and professional and safety responsibilities. On achieving the passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student satisfied the essential criterion. For those students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.

Make-up provisions
Students who are unable to complete the required number of laboratory exercises for reasons beyond their control will be offered the opportunity to make up at least one experiment at the discretion of the Discipline of Chemistry.
Other: (please specify)Tutorial assessments and Written assignment
Other: (please specify)Group Presentation. The results of one lab experiment are presented orally in group presentations.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to meet course objectives aligned with the students' understanding of, and ability to manipulate and apply the theoretical concepts which form the core of the material expounding during lectures and/or described in assigned readings, students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CHEM2110