CHEM 340 : Advanced Analytical Chemistry


2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Principles and applications of modern instrumental analytical chemistry. Statistical methods, quality control and assurance, sampling, instrumentation, chromatographic and other separation methods, spectrophotometric methods, electro-analytical methods.

Course Overview

This course covers advanced topics in analytical chemistry. An emphasis is placed on both the instrumental techniques underpinning modern analytical methods, and the application of these analytical tools to study complex matrices. This course is important for students interested  to have an advanced understanding on the instrumental methods widely used in both research and analytical labs. The course will also give students extensive laboratory experience in analytical instrumental chemistry. This course is important for students willing to work or study postgraduate research in analytical chemistry or for those students interested to study CHEM 740. 
This course is recommended for students wishing to further advance their knowledge of analytical chemistry and its uses and applications, to use in the workplace.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 15 points from CHEM 240, 252

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe and utilise statistics and computational tools in Analytical Chemistry (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  2. Identify and describe the different chromatographic techniques available in Analytical Chemistry (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
  3. Describe the various applications of Analytical Atomic Spectroscopy (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  4. Describe and explain chemical techniques in a laboratory setting following safe laboratory practises. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)
  5. Communicate results in various ways including technical report writing and in forms for a non-technical audience. (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
  6. Identify and explain the various mass spectrometers available in Analytical Chemistry (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
  7. Explain concepts that are relevant to micro- and nanofluidics, and nanotechnologies. (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
  8. Describe the principles and practical significance of analytical electrochemistry. (Capability 1, 2 and 4)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 5% Individual Coursework
Quizzes 25% Individual Coursework
Laboratory 30% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 40% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Final Exam

Key Topics

The course covers the key aspect of advanced analytical chemistry and is split into defined learning areas where various aspects of analytical chemistry will be taught:

Statistics and Computation in Analytical Chemistry (2 weeks)

Electrochemistry (1.5 week)

Micro- and Nano-fluidics (1.5 week)

Atomic spectroscopy (1.5 week)

Mass Spectrometry (2 week)

Chromatography  (3.5 weeks)

Special Requirements

Must complete laboratory/practical work and comply with all health and safety regulations whilst in the laboratory.

You must pass both the theory (combined assignment, test and final exam) and the practical work (the 8 assigned laboratory reports) to gain an overall pass for the course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 36 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials , 24 hours of in-laboratory time, 28 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 50 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

The delivery mode of this course may change in accordance with changes to New Zealand Government recommendations. Updates for this course will be provided on the course Canvas page.

Attendance is required at scheduled activities including labs/tutorials to receive credit for components of the course.

Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including labs will not be available as recordings.
The course will not include live online events.
Attendance on campus is required for the exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Lecture notes and laboratory manuals will be provided via Canvas. Recommended book: D. A. Skoog, F. J. Holler, and S.R. Crouch, "Principles of Instrumental Analysis", 6th Ed., Saunders 2007

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course students may be asked to submit coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 09/11/2021 09:55 a.m.