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spring 2019

KJE-2003 Introduction to analytical chemistry - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 04.09.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Science and Technology


Tromsø |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Theoretical and practical work. The course is available as a singular or elective course independent of study program, also to exchange students. The course is offered on condition that a minimum number of students register for the course.

Admission requirements

It is a requirement that students have basic knowledge of chemistry and spectroscopy. 

Course content

The course will cover important theory and practical techniques for qualitative and quantitative work in a chemistry laboratory with emphasis on instrumental methods and relevant statistical methods for the treatment and evaluation of experimental data. An introduction to practical computational chemistry techniques will also be given.

The following topics will be covered: •

  • Use of volumetric equipment •
  • Gas, liquid and thin-layer chromatograpy •
  • Extraction and isolation methodology •
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis •
  • X-ray crystallography •
  • Spectrophotometry •
  • Infrared spectroscopy •
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance •
  • Mass spectrometry •
  • Substance identification and analysis from complex mixtures •
  • Introduction to practical computational chemistry •
  • Analysis of environmental toxins •
  • Laboratory safety •
  • Scientific report writing

Recommended prerequisites

KJE-1004 Introduction to inorganic chemistry

Objectives of the course


The student...

  • will have knowledge of the importance of accurate volumetric measurements and relevant statistical analyses
  • will understand the principles of chromatography and its practical applications towards quantitative and qualitative analysis (GC, LC, TLC)
  • will understand the process of isolation, identification and quantification of single components from complex mixtures
  • will be familiar with the principles, practice and applications of x-ray crystallography, including crystallization
  • will understand the principles and applications of common spectrometric techniques (NMR, MS, UV/Vis and IR)
  • will have knowledge of common classes of environmental toxins and the general process of analysis and quantification of these
  • will have knowledge of common laboratory safety practices and the importance and practice of laboratory record keeping and report writing


The student will be able to...

  • write concise professional reports on experimental findings
  • assess safety issues associated with laboratory practice
  • conduct experiments independently according to written procedures
  • assess and discuss experimental results
  • conduct and analyze simple computations of molecular chemical systems
  • analyze data from the methods described above and apply the relevant statistical treatment
  • evaluate and use relevant methods for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of specific problems in chemistry
  • use extraction methods to isolate single components from more complex mixtures


The student...

  • can apply his/her knowledge and skills developed in this course to solve a variety of practical chemical problems
  • can accurately communicate chemical terms, theories and problems related to the methods covered in this course through written scientific reports
  • can participate in advanced courses on the topics covered here  

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. The reports may be written in either English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

The course will be taught using a combination of theoretical pre-lab lectures (24 hours) and practical laboratory work (72 hours, 12 experiments)


Each lab experiment must be followed up by writing a scientific report. The overall course grade is Pass/Fail based on an evaluation of a compendium of all the reports.

Full participation in laboratory course and pre-lab lectures is required. Passed all laboratory reports and hand-ins.


Recommended reading/syllabus

Hand-outs/online procedures with the necessary information will be provided