Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The aim of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of the principles of analytical chemistry and their application in the areas of environmental and medicinal/pharmaceutical sciences and advanced materials. Depending on their program, students will have the opportunity to apply analytical chemical methods in any one of the following areas:

1. Environmental Sciences: Students apply analytical techniques to study the chemical processes that form the basis for the operation of the three spheres of the natural environment (atmosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere), and the changes brought about by human activities and broad environmental factors (e.g. climate).

2. Medicinal/Pharmaceutical Sciences: Students are introduced to the fundamental instrumental methods of chemical analysis commonly used in pharmaceutical laboratories. The laboratory introduces the students to practical skills on the separation, purification and quantitation of pharmaceutically relevant compounds.

3. Advanced Materials: Students are introduced to the fundamental analytical techniques that are useful for the purification and characterisation of advanced materials. Students will be given the opportunity to further apply these methodologies to more specific groups of advanced materials in other courses within the BSc Chemistry (Advanced Materials) program.

The course will provide one-hour per week lectures for all students focusing on analytical methods and the underlying theoretical principles. Lectorials and laboratories will extend the lecture with emphasis on applications on any of the above-mentioned areas.

Students will be streamed in lectorials and labs according to their program or major or interest (in the case of those taking the course as an elective).



  • Semester 1 - 2022

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 analysts in quality control and assessment of experimental measurements from various application contexts;

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

4. As part of a team or individually, conduct, analyse and interpret results of a chemical analysis and effectively communicate these in written reports and other formats;

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


The following content will be delivered within the context of either environmental science, medicinal/pharmaceutical science or advanced materials.

1. Sampling and Sample Preparation

2. Data Treatment

3. Chemical (acid-base, complex, precipitation and redox) Equilibria and Volumetric Analysis

4. Electroanalytical Methods

5. Spectrophotometry: fundamentals and applications

6. Atomic Spectroscopy: absorption, emission

7. Separation Methods: precipitation, solvent extraction, ion-exchange, chromatography, electrophoresis

Assumed knowledge

CHEM1010, CHEM1020 and ENVS1002.

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 may only miss 1 laboratory session.
  • 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 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks starting in week 5

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