Fall 2017 - CHEM 316 D100

Introductory Instrumental Analysis (4)

Class Number: 1397

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 5006, Burnaby

    Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    TASC2 8500, 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.


This course offers an in-depth introduction to the main spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques that are in widespread use today. A selection of laboratory assignments will amplify theoretical concepts. The principles of signal generation by chemical species will be discussed in class. Discussions will also include the importance of optimizing all stages of an analysis, from sampling and sample preparation to signal detection and data analysis. Key learning objectives include decision making, formulation and testing of hypotheses, and critical thinking as they apply to the analysis of chemical species using a variety of instrumental techniques. The laboratory component of this course provides hands-on experience to develop a working knowledge of key techniques, which will be captured in regular laboratory reports.  

2 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week; 4 laboratory hours/week

Lecture Topics:  Instrument based identification of chemical species, such as through the use of atomic & molecular spectroscopic techniques (e.g., AAS, AES, EDS, XRF, ICP and ICPMS, molecular absorption and fluorescence). Isolation of chemical species for qualitative and quantitative analyses will be pursued through chromatographic techniques (e.g., GC, HPLC, and CE). Lectures will cover the principles of chemical species identification based on instrumental techniques, and will include separation theory as it applies to this analysis.

Laboratory Assignments: Assignments include gas chromatography (GC), high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), atomic absorption and emission spectroscopy (AAS and AES), molecular absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, and relevant studies of the literature.


  • Midterm Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 35%
  • Laboratory 30%
  • Homework and Quizzes 15%


To pass this course, students must pass BOTH the exam and laboratory portions.



Each student must bring their own laboratory notebook that is hard bound with numbered pages.


Principles of Instrumental Analysis, Skoog, Holler & Crouch, 6th Edition, Publisher:  Brooks/Cole


Principles of Instrumental Analysis, Skoog, Holler & Crouch, Custom Edition, or any other edition. 

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

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