Analytical Methods 2 builds upon the concepts studied in Analytical Methods 1 and provides advanced studies in instrumental chemical analysis with training in modern hyphenated techniques. Topics covered include gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Studies also include an introduction to capillary electrophoresis, X-Ray crystallography and Carbon 13 NMR. Lectures and complimentary laboratory exercises link theory with practice and students gain 'hands-on' experience with state-of-the-art instruments to determine the identity, structure and physical properties of an unknown pharmaceutical product. 

Assessment includes report writing according to industry standards and interpretation of spectroscopic, spectrometric and chromatographic data.   

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NPU2101 - Analytical Methods 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate the fundamental principles behind hyphenated techniques including GC/MS. LC/MS and MS/MS;  
  2. Devise methods of analysis for pharmaceutical samples adopting the analytical process and using modern analytical techniques;  
  3. Interpret various analytical data including that from LC/MS, GC/MS and 1H and 13CNMR; and  
  4. Evaluate the quality of their own analytical data and review team members' data and communicate the findings to peers and demonstrators with responsibility and accountability.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Initial data analysis on laboratory work (1000 words) 10%
Laboratory Work Written Report (1500 words) 30%
Presentation Oral Presentation (on laboratory work) (20 min) 20%
Examination Final Exam (2 hours) 40%

Required reading

Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry 9th ed.
Skoog, D. A., West. D. M., Holler, F. J. and Crouch, S. R., (2014)
Brooks/Cole, Cengage learning

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