IOC472 - Analytical Chemistry

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Subject Title
Analytical Chemistry

Subject Description
This is a one-semester, laboratory oriented subject intended to introduce students to selected techniques of chemical analysis that are widely used in the industry:

  • UV-Vis spectrophotometry
  • Classical column chromatography (normal phase)
  • High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (reversed phase)
  • Gas Chromatography
The theoretical lectures provide a basic understanding of the analytical procedures. The laboratory classes provide hands-on training for the analytical techniques presented in the theoretical course, and familiarize the student with the application of the respective techniques in a regulated industrial environment. To accomplish the above, the students must be able to combine their prior knowledge of chemistry and mathematics with the new terms and concepts taught in this course.

Credit Status
One credit towards the Chemical Laboratory Technician diploma.

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

  1. Speak and write freely, using the basic terminology of analytical chemistry and particularly of chromatography, in practical situations that are specific to the respective fields.
  2. Make rational adjustments to the experimental conditions of each analytical procedure, interpret results and troubleshoot common unexpected situations, based on understanding the underlying processes.
  3. Pack and use a classical chromatographic column for preparative chromatographic applications.
  4. Set-up high pressure liquid chromatographic (HPLC) and gas chromatographic (GC) instrumentation, prepare and run samples for HPLC and GC, analyze and report quantitative data using automated software.
  5. Determine the identity of an analyte in a sample using the HPLC or GC technique.
  6. Operate Agilent chromatographic instruments under both ChemStation and Empower software.
  7. Manipulate chromatographic data for external and internal standard analysis.
  8. Assess the quality of a chromatographic separation in terms of resolution and plate count parameters.

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.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

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.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.