BPS2031 - Analytical methods I: principles and applications - 2019

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.


Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ben Capuano


Dr Ben Capuano

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


BPS1031 Physical chemistry I: Equilibria & change

BPS1032 Physical chemistry II: Solutions, surfaces and solids


Unit previously coded PSC2031


Analytical Methods lays a foundation of knowledge for the analytical identification and quantitation of chemical entities used in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. The unit provides the participant with basic principles and concepts of chemical equilibria, classical (titrimetric) methods of analysis, atomic and molecular spectroscopy (spectrochemical methods of analysis) and analytical separation (chromatographic) methodologies.


At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the analytical process and fundamental analytical concepts (e.g., selectivity, experimental error) and apply them to practical analytical measurements.
  2. Quantitatively determine the chemical composition of aqueous electrolyte solutions using titrimetry and interpret the results in terms of theoretical models of chemical solution equilibria.
  3. Explain the physical principles and instrumental characteristics of selected spectroscopic analytical techniques.
  4. Apply theoretical principles of separation processes and chromatography to predict and rationalise the outcome of practical analytical separations;
  5. Safely and competently conduct analytical measurements in the laboratory.


End-of-semester examination (50%) and in-semester assessment (50%)

Workload requirements

  • Twelve 1-hour online modules (discovery)
  • Twenty-four 1-hour lectures
  • Six 2-hour workshops
  • Six 4-hour laboratory classes

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