CHM3952 - Advanced analytical chemistry - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Chemistry


Professor Philip Marriott

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Advances in analytical science will involve the development and exploitation of advanced mass spectrometric, molecular spectroscopic and separation techniques. This unit concentrates on these approaches, and provides examples of how they can be applied in areas such as forensic and environmental science, genomics and forensic imaging. The remainder of the unit covers the use of spectroscopic, radiometric, separation and particle characterization techniques in automated monitoring and process analysis in a variety of industrial, clinical and environmental applications. Aspects of instrumentation, data processing and chemometrics will be emphasised in each analytical technique discussed.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Operate analytical instruments competently and reliably;
  2. Understand the range of operational factors that lead to optimised performance of analytical instruments;
  3. Assimilate theoretical principles and practical aspects of analytical chemistry;
  4. Understand the range of application areas that analytical chemistry and analytical instrumentation are applied to;
  5. Appreciate the processes and limitations of different sampling methods.


Examination (2 hours): 60% (Hurdle)

Assignments and computer testing: 10%

Laboratory work and laboratory reports: 30% (Hurdle)

To pass this unit a student must achieve a minimum score of 50% in the laboratory practical component and a minimum of 30% for the end-of-semester exam.

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures, one 1-hour tutorial and the equivalent of 3 hours laboratory activity per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


CHM2922. Students without this should consult the third year coordinator.