Spring 2022 - CHEM 316 D100

Introductory Instrumental Analysis (4)

Class Number: 1452

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5018, 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.


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Mode of Teaching:

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

Lecture: In-person at Burnaby campus
Laboratory: In-person at Burnaby campus
Tutorial: In-person at Burnaby campus


This course offers an in-depth introduction to the major spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques that are in widespread use today. A selection of laboratory assignments will augment theoretical concepts. Discussions will include the importance of optimizing all stages of an analysis, from sampling and sample preparation to signal detection and data analysis. The principles of signal generation by chemical species will be discussed in class. Key learning outcomes 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 working knowledge and data analysis of major techniques, which will be captured in regular laboratory reports.

Lecture Topics:

Instrument based identification of chemical species, such as using atomic spectroscopic (e.g., AAS, AES, AFS, ICP, ICPMS) & molecular spectroscopic techniques (e.g., UV-vis absorption and fluorescence). Separation of chemical species for qualitative and quantitative analyses will be pursued through chromatographic (e.g., GC, HPLC, IC, SFC, CE, MECC) and hypenated techniques (e.g., LC-MS, GC-MS, and CE-MS). Lectures will cover the principles of chemical species identification based on instrumental analysis 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), and molecular absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy.


  • Midterm Exam 1 5%
  • Midterm Exam 2 10%
  • Project 15%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Laboratory (details below) 40%


Grading Notes:
Laboratory: 40% of overall mark

  • Pre-Labs: 15%
  • Lab Marks (e.g., notebook record, experiment timeliness, bench cleanliness): 15%
  • Lab Reports: 70%
Midterm Exam Dates:
  • Midterm Exam 1: Friday, February 11th, 2022
  • Midterm Exam 2: Friday, March 11th, 2022


Attendance of In-Person Laboratory Sessions: It is mandatory for students to attend all in-person laboratory sessions. If you are unable to attend an in-person laboratory session due to illness, contact your lab instructor as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrangements.

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



Required Materials:

  • Hard bound laboratory notebook
  • Lab coats and safety glasses/goggles
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 Precautions: Lab coats and safety glasses/goggles are mandatory in Chemistry for all in-person laboratory sessions. Additional PPE and precautionary measures may be required during in-person laboratory sessions based on the recommendations of the University and provincial health officials.


Skoog, Holler & Crouch. Principles of Instrumental Analysis. 7th Edition, 2018. Publishers: Brooks Cole or Cengage Learning.

Electronic version recommended. Available from Cengage Learning, ISBN-13: 9781305577213.


Li. Fundamentals of Microfluidics and Lab on a Chip for Biological Analysis and Discovery. 2010. Publisher: Taylor & Francis. ISBN: 9781439818558.

Electronic pages can be requested from SFU library.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.