Fall 2016 - CHEM 316 D100

Introductory Instrumental Analysis (4)

Class Number: 4075

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 5008, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2016
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 215 and CHEM 260, or permission of the department.



Principles and applications of basic analytical instrumentation based upon spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemistry. Students with credit for CHEM 416 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.


2 lecture hours/week; a total of 4 labs in the semester

Clarification: Chem416 has not been provided for more than 10 years, and will unlikely be provided in the future. Electrochemistry will not be focused in this course and has been covered by Chem215. The above mentioned description is a historical one and will be updated in the Student Calendar in an upcoming term.

This course will provide students basic knowledge and hands-on experience on a few widely used instruments in general applications. The theme is designed to help students develop skills in decision making, hypothesis testing, and critical thinking by exposing students to a variety of instrumental methodologies, working principles, and analysis design through well formulated lectures, in-class discussions, group projects, and labs.

Lecture Topics: 1. Instrument based compound characterization techniques --- atomic & molecular spectroscopic techniques (AAS, AES, ICPS, molecular absorption, molecular fluorescence; Beer's Law); 2. Instrument based separation techniques --- GC, LC, HPLC, SFC, CE, microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, separation theory, van Deemter equation, detection systems, such as mass spectrometry (MS).

Laboratory Assignments: Labs include gas chromatography (GC), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), FID/MS, atomic absorption & emission spectroscopy (AAS & AES), molecular absorption & fluorescence spectroscopy.


The course aims to build fundamental basics in students on using any instruments for analysis that occured not limited in chemistry, but also in physics, biology, material and environmental sciences; analysis occured not only in research, but also in applications of pharmaceutical industry, petroleum industry, criminology, as well as hospitals and clinics.


  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 40%
  • Laboratory 30%
  • Team Presentation 10%


The tuition for this course includes a fee of $7.50 for the laboratory manual.


Students must pass BOTH the exam and laboratory portions to pass the course.



  • A hardbound lab notebook (not soft or coil bound)


Douglas A. Skoog, F. James Holler & Stanley R. Crouch. Principles of Instrumental Analysis: Custom Edition. 2014. Publisher: Brooks/Cole.

Lab manuals will be distributed during the first laboratory session.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

Registrar Notes:

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