CMI533 - Chemical Instrumentation

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Subject Title
Chemical Instrumentation

Subject Description
This subject provides students with an overview of common spectrophotometric instruments. Topics covered include atomic absorption and emission spectrophotometry, electrode potentials, electrochemical cells, potentiometry, and mass spectrometry (if time permits). The theory of these instrumental methods will be supported by proper interpretation of analytical data and mathematical techniques for preparing standards and samples.

Credit Status

One credit towards the Chemical Engineering Technology (CHY) Advanced Diploma or Chemical Laboratory Technician - Pharmaceutical (CLP) Advanced Diploma.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Have a fundamental understanding of the theory behind flame and furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometry, inductively coupled plasma emission spectrophotometry, electrochemistry (including potentiometric analysis and specific ion electrodes), and mass spectrometry
  • Understand the evolution of these instruments and therefore understand the reason for the next generation
  • Understand the advantages, disadvantages and applications of these instruments
  • Understand of the Nernst equation and calculations using it
  • Have hands-on laboratory experience in setting up and running flame atomic absorption systems, zeeman background corrected furnace atomic absorption systems, specific ion electrodes and redox electrodes
  • Have laboratory experience in dealing with quality assurance analysis
  • Have experience with proper graphing and interpretation of laboratory data

Essential Employability Skills

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

    •  Execute mathematical operations accurately.

    •  Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

    •  Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

    •  Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

    •  Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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