The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

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


1. 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
     the Nernst equation

4. Electroanalytical Methods
     electrolysis and electrodeposition
     electrode types

5. Chemical Equilibrium

6. Acid-Base Equilibria and Titrations
     strong and weak acids and bases,
     the ionisation constant, pKa
     polyprotic acids
     acid-base indicators

7. Complexation Equilibria and Titrations
     Lewis theory of acids and bases, coordination chemistry
     masking, buffers
     complexation indicator

8. Redox Titrations

9. Atomic Spectroscopy
     atomic absorption spectroscopy
     flame emission spectroscopy
     plasma and electric discharge spectroscopy

10. Separations
     solvent extraction
     ion exchange

11. Chromatography
     principles of chromatography
     gas chromatography
     liquid chromatography

Assumed knowledge

CHEM1010 and CHEM1020.

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Formal examination *

Written Assignment: Written assignments

Presentation: Group presentation

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%.
  • 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