Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


Chemical instrumentation is important in providing experimental data necessary for basic research and applications in analytical, environmental, organic, medicinal and advanced materials chemistry. Instrumentation fills only part of the need, as the challenges presented often require highly developed skills and judgement of the experimenter in order to obtain the most reliable results. This course provides the conceptual knowledge, experience and skills related to a variety of instrumental analytical and separation techniques suitable for materials in complex matrices and interfaces. Building on the foundations provided in CHEM2110, this course introduces students to advanced instrumentation and analytical skills.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the theoretical principles underpinning the instrumental techniques and their applications;

2. Assess the appropriateness of the instrumental methods for the analysis of samples in various formats and from complex matrices;

3. Acquire practical analytical skills and employ a variety of instrumental techniques for the analysis of samples in various formats and from various matrices;

4. Analyse and present experimental results and draw sound conclusions based on experimental evidence;

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

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

7. Independently integrate concepts and techniques in instrumental analysis and correlate to relevant applications.


The course involves the study of:

  1. Atomic absorption and emission spectroscopy
  2. Vibrational spectroscopy (FT-IR, Raman)
  3. Heteronuclear NMR, Solid-state NMR
  4. Mass spectrometry
  5. X-ray scattering, spectroscopy and imaging
  6. Interfacial studies: analysis of solid interfaces
  7. Thermal methods (Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis)
  8. Chromatography: Gas, Liquid (various modes) and supercritical fluid
  9. Capillary Electrophoresis
  10. Electrochemical methods of analysis


Students must have successfully completed CHEM2110 or CHEM2201 to enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Report: Workshop and Laboratory Exercises and Reports *

Written Assignment: In-class Quiz or Assignment/Homework

Formal Examination: Final Exam *

* 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: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must participate in 90% of the laboratory and workshop sessions.
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Report: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must attend and submit assessment items for 90% of the laboratory sessions
  • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must participate in and submit the required laboratory assessment 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%.

Contact hours



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

Laboratory and Workshops


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

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