Instrumental Chemical Analysis

Course code CHEM3110Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Chemical instrumentation is increasingly important in providing so much of the data necessary for industry, health science, environment protection, food production and basic research to mention just a few areas. Instrumentation fills only part of the need, as the challenges presented often require highly developed skills and judgement of chemists using these in order for the best results to be obtained. This course develops knowledge, experience and skills related to a variety of mainstream instrumental techniques in areas of spectroscopy, separation science and electrochemistry, and builds on the foundations provided in CHEM2110.

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 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 1
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 theories of instrumental methods available in analytical chemistry
3. to develop knowledge pertaining to the appropriate selection of instruments for the successful analysis of complex mixtures
4. to develop an understanding of the role of the chemist in measurement and problem solving in chemical analysis
5. to provide an understanding of and skills in advanced methods of separation and analysis
6. to provide practical experience in selected instrumental methods of analysis
7. to extend skills in procedures and instrumental methods applied in analytical tasks
8. to expand skills in the scientific method of planning, developing, conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments
9. to extend understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in working on environmental problems
ContentThe course involves study of:

1) Spectroscopic methods of analysis:
a) emission spectroscopy
b) absorption spectroscopy (atomic absorption, UV-Visible)
c) atomic absorption flame chemistry
d) fluorescence, phosphorescence and chemiluminescence spectroscopy
e) X-ray spectroscopy methods (absorption, diffraction, fluorescence)
f) vibrational spectroscopy (FT-IR, Raman)

2) Other instrumental analysis methods:
a) atomic and molecular mass spectrometry
b) electrochemical analysis (polarography, pulse polarographic methods, anodic stripping voltammetry)
c) thermal methods (thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis)

3) Separation methods:
a) chromatography theory
b) liquid chromatography modes and mechanisms: ion-exchange, adsorption, partition and permeation modes as practiced in high-pressure liquid chromatography, open column, thin layer and paper chromatography
c) gas chromatography theory, instrumentation and operation
d) supercritical fluid and capillary methods
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCHEM2110
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Lecture
Laboratory
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalThis is 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 course has a compulsory course component in its laboratory 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 compulsory course component. 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.
Quiz - Class
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 CHEM3110