Fall 2019 - CHEM 316 D100

Introductory Instrumental Analysis (4)

Class Number: 3654

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 5007, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 6, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5016, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 215 and 260, both with a minimum grade of C-, or permission of the Department.



Principles and applications of basic analytical instrumentation based upon spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemistry. Quantitative.


Description/topics: 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 augment 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, molecular absorption and fluorescence). Isolation of chemical species for qualitative and quantitative analyses will be pursued through chromatographic techniques (e.g., GC, HPLC, CE, IC). 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.


  • Midterm Exam 15%
  • Final Exam 45%
  • Laboratory 40%


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


Lab coats and safety glasses/goggles are mandatory for all Chemistry labs.



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


Skoog, Holler & Crouch, Principles of Instrumental Analysis, 7th Edition, 2017, Publisher: Brooks/Cole.


D.C. Harris. Quantitative Chemical Analysis. Any edition.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

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