spring 2021
KJE-2003 Introduction to analytical chemistry - 10 ECTS

Last changed 11.08.2021

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 course. 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

Required: Basic knowledge in chemistry and spectroscopy - i.e KJE-1001 or equivalent.

Recommended: KJE-1002, KJE-1003 or equivalent.

Søknadskode 9336 enkeltemner i realfag.

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: 
  • Laboratory safety  
  • Gas, liquid and thin-layer chromatograpy  
  • Extraction and isolation methodology  
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis  
  • Spectrophotometry  
  • Infrared spectroscopy  
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance  
  • Mass spectrometry  
  • Substance identification and analysis from complex mixtures  
  • Introduction to practical computational chemistry  
  • Scientific report writing 

Recommended prerequisites

KJE-1004 Introduction to inorganic chemistry

Objectives of the course

The student will have expanded knowledge and proficiency within relevant topics in chemistry. This means that the student:



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



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



  • 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 in this course

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English and all syllabus material is in English.

Teaching methods

Pre-lab lectures: 24 h

Laboratory: 72 h 


Each lab experiment must be documented by a laboratory journal. Three exercises shall be followed up by writing a comprehensive scientific report. The overall course grade is Pass/Fail based on an evaluation of a compendium of the three reports. 

Work requirements: Approved lab-journals and hand-ins.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: KJE-2003
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