The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


The aim of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of the principles and applications of analytical chemistry. Students are first provided with an introduction into sample collection and preparation, analytical measurements and statistical treatment of data that can be obtained from a variety of analytical methods. This course will cover important titrimetric methods: acid-base, complexometric and redox titrations, as titrimetric techniques still play an important role in the modern analytical laboratory, to a large extent because many titrations can be fully automated. Students will also be introduced to the basic instrumental methods of chemical analysis: spectrophotometry, atomic absorption spectroscopy and some electroanalytical methods, which are commonly used in analytical laboratories. Finally, students will also be introduced to basic separation techniques, e.g. solvent extraction and ion-exchange including chromatography. Theory is brought to practice in the laboratory by introducing the students into basic analytical techniques of sample preparation and separation as well as data collection, quantitation and treatment using titrimetry and instrumental methods of analysis.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe and compare a range of analytical chemistry methods and explain the underlying theoretical principles.

2. Explain the broad role of chemists in quality control and assessment of experimental measurements and analytical tasks.

3. Employ a variety of analytical and instrumental methods to prepare, separate and quantify samples from various matrices.

4. Apply the scientific process, including statistical treatment of data, in the conduct and reporting of chemical analysis.

5. Work safely and competently in an analytical laboratory setting.

6. Contribute to team and group work for scientific investigation and reporting.


1. Measurements, Statistics

2. Sample Preparation

3. Acid-Base Equilibria and Titrations

4. Complexation Equilibria and Titrations, EDTA titration

5. Redox Chemistry and Titrations

6. Electroanalytical Methods: electrolysis and electrodeposition coulometry, polarography

7. Spectrophotometry: fundamentals and applications, 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 

8. Atomic Spectroscopy: atomic absorption spectroscopy, flame emission spectroscopy, plasma and electric discharge spectroscopy

9.Separation: Precipitation, Solvent extraction, Ion-exchange

10. Chromatography: principles of chromatograhy, gas chromatography, liquid chromatography



Assumed knowledge

CHEM1010 and CHEM1020.

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Formal examination *

Written Assignment: Written assignment or In-Class Test

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory exercises and reports *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%. Students must attend and submit assessment items for ten (10) out of the eleven (11) laboratory sessions.
  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term