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Analytical Chemistry C, 10 p

The course qualifies as a course at the C level in the subject area Chemistry in a B.Sc. or M.Sc. exam. The course may also be included in a college level teacher training program.

Aim and Contents of the Course

The aim of the course is to provide a critical understanding, as well as theoretical and practical knowledge, of classical and instrumental analysis, which is required for professional activities in the chemically oriented sciences, as well as enhancing the possibilities for teaching chemical analysis at the college level.


The course commences with a theoretical section, which treats the basics of instrumental chemical analysis. Emphasis is placed on the measurement principles and the function of the instruments. During this section, some statistical techniques, such as linear regression analysis and error propagation in measurement systems, are also treated.

The subsequent experimental part of the course provides training in the correct handling of modern instrumentation for chemical analysis and measurements in chemical systems. Among the techniques taught are electrochemistry (polarography, coulometry, amperometry, as well as potentiometry with pH- and ion -selective electrodes), atomic emission and atomic absorption spectroscopy with flames and graphite furnaces, FIA (flow injection analysis), spectrophotometry in the UV and visible regions of the spectrum, gas chromatography and liquid chromatography, and titration techniques including complexometry, non-aqueous titration and Karl Fischer titration for the determination of water.

The course includes compulsory laboratory experiments, and particular emphasis is placed on a critical investigation of the prerequisites, sources of error, and usefulness of each measurement technique, as well as on the composition of reports on the laboratory work.


Knowledge is tested by a written examination that is arranged at the end of the course. Students who fail pass the first examination are entitled to a resit. A student who has failed to pass the test more than twice may request from the Board of the Chemistry Department that another teacher is appointed to grade his/her test.

The grade for the course is not given until both the written examination and the laboratory course have been passed. Grades used in the examination are: Failed, Passed, and Passed with Distinction.

Course Dates 1998/99

  • August 31 to October 31, 1998. Full time course.
  • November 2, 1998 to January 17, 1999. Full time course.
  • January 18 to March 21, 1999. Full time course.
  • March 22 to June 6, 1999. Full time course.
Required Qualifications

  • Access to the course requires, in addition to the general competence required for university studies in Sweden, passed or better grades on the courses Kemi A, 20 points (KEMA26) and Kemi B, 20 points (KEMB17), or the equivalent.

  • D. A. Skoog and J. J. Leary, "Principles of Instrumental Analysis", most recent edition, Holt Saunders College Publishing: Philadelphia.
  • J.C. Miller och J.N. Miller, "Statistics for Analytical Chemistry;, most recent edition, Ellis-Horwood: Chichester.
  • Relevant papers from the chemical literature plus compendia of lecture material which are made available at the Department of Analytical Chemistry at nominal cost.
Advanced Advanced Level Courses in Analytical Chemistry

For more information, contact the principal teacher by clicking on the e-mail address, or by sending a traditional letter to:

Umeň University, Department of Chemistry, S-901 87 Umeň, Sweden.

You can also contact the Department of Chemistry by
Phone: int+46 90 7865238/7865173/7865262, or Fax: int+46 90 136310/167655

Department of Chemistry Home Page

This document was last updated on April 7, 1998.
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