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, liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, as well as H and C nuclear magnetic resonance. 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 synthetic organic compound or 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 synthetic organic or 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, review team members' data, and communicate the findings to peers and demonstrators with responsibility and accountability.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Tests (3) 30%
Presentation Oral Presentation (on laboratory work) 20%
Laboratory Work Formative Assessment and Lab Notebook 50%

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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