The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 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 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


The course involves study of:

  1. Spectroscopic methods of analysis:
  • emission spectroscopy
  • absorption spectroscopy (atomic absorption, UV-Visible)
  • atomic absorption flame chemistry
  • fluorescence, phosphorescence and chemiluminescence spectroscopy
  • X-ray spectroscopy methods (absorption, diffraction, fluorescence)
  • vibrational spectroscopy (FT-IR, Raman)
  1. Other instrumental analysis methods:
  • atomic and molecular mass spectrometry
  • electrochemical analysis (polarography, pulse polarographic methods, anodic stripping voltammetry)
  • thermal methods (thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis)
  1. Separation methods:
  • chromatography theory
  • 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
  • gas chromatography theory, instrumentation and operation
  • supercritical fluid and capillary methods


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

Assessment items

Report: Lab Reports and Presentation *

Quiz: 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: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - All Scheduled Laboratory 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.
  • Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - all submitted and overall mark of 50 or more to pass courses
  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Mark of 40% or more

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