Basic Analytical Chemistry - LABS4120

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Year 4 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle


A synopsis of the curriculum

• Chemical calculations: SI units, mass, moles, volume, density, concentration (%w/v, %v/v, M, N), dilution factor, yield, calibration.
• Statistics: basic statistical methods for analysis, accuracy and precision, significant figures, experimental errors, sampling and sample preparation
• Stoichiometry and the relation to classical analytical techniques such as titrimetry and gravimetry.
• Titrations (acid-base, redox, complexometric, iodometric and potentiometric), indicators, gravimetric and electrochemical analysis.
• Qualitative analysis - chemical tests for inorganic and organic compounds, flame tests, melting points and elemental analysis
• Qualitative and quantitative methods (classical vs instrumental methods).
• Basics of analytical separations - Selected techniques: solvent extraction principles; selectivity based on pH control and complexation; methods of extraction; chromatography: principles and applications of partition and adsorption as applied to separation of samples using
paper and thin layer chromatography.


Contact hours

Blended Distance learning:
Contact Hours: 120
Private Study Hours: 30
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Portfolio 30% - composed of individual assignments where topics are applied to the workplace
Assignments 40% - 2 Assignments (20% each)
Exam 30% - composed of MCQs
The pass mark for each individual assessment is 40%. All assessments must be passed in order to pass the module.

Indicative reading

Aylward, G., and Findlay, T., SI Chemical Data (6th. ed.), Wiley, USA, 2008.

Harris, D.C., Quantitative Chemical Analysis (7th. ed.), W H Freeman, New York, 2011.

Wilbraham, A.C., et al., Chemistry, Pearson Prentice Hall, USA, 2008.

Johll, M.E., Investigating Chemistry (3rd. ed.), W H Freeman, New York, 2012.

Khopkar, S. M., Basic Concepts of Analytical Chemistry (3rd. ed.), New Age Science, Tunbridge Wells, 2008.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts in Analytical Chemistry.
Solve quantitative problems relating to these concepts.
Suggest appropriate methods to solve analytical tasks.
Describe the principles behind analytical separations.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate the development of practical/technical skills
Analyse, evaluate and correctly interpret data
Communicate and present data effectively
Obtain and use information from a variety of sources as part of self-directed learning.
Manage their time and use their organisation skills within the context of self-directed learning.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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