Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitGippsland School of Applied Sciences and Engineering
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Alison Green (Gippsland); Dr Lim Yau Yan (Sunway)


This unit is designed to introduce the student to the principles of analysis using a number of different instrumental techniques. It is designed around instrumental applications for both atomic and molecular analysis. Introductory principles of analysis, spectroscopic techniques encompassing UV/VIS, atomic absorption and mass spectrometry, as well as chromatographic and electroanalytical techniques are covered. The main emphasis is on practical quantitative analysis using a range of different techniques.


On completion of this unit students will have gained an understanding of the key principles involved in chemical analysis; be able to explain the principles of atomic and molecular spectroscopies and be able to discuss the instrumentation commonly employed in UV/VIS, infrared and atomic spectroscopies; have gained an appreciation for the different instrumental components used in different techniques; be able to explain the principles of chromatography and its application in a variety of instrumental techniques including GC, HPLC, molecular exclusion chromatography, ion chromatography and electrophoresis; be able to suggest appropriate techniques and conditions to separate particular mixtures using these techniques; be able to explain the basis of electroanalytical methods and discuss the different classification of electroanalytical methods; appreciate the benefits offered by electroanalytical methods of analysis; have further developed their practical skills, particularly chemical analysis using analytical instrumentation, data handling and report writing; have further developed their problem solving skills and their ability to work both independently and in small groups.


Two assignments (5000 words): 20%
Practical work: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures per week, 3 hours of practical work each week

Off-campus attendance requirements

Off campus students will attend a four-day vacation school for tutorials and practical laboratory work.


12 points of first level Chemistry


CHM2736, CHM2922