ITM472 - Instrumental Methods

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Subject Title
Instrumental Methods

Subject Description
This subject provides students with an overview of common spectrophotometric instruments. Topics covered include colorimetry, ultraviolet, visible and infrared region spectrophotometry, fluorimetry, atomic adsorption spectrophotometry, and atomic emission spectrophotometry (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 Laboratory Technician (CLT) diploma.

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

Learning Outcomes: Classroom
Upon completion of the classroom sessions, learners will be able to:
           Categorize colorimetric, visible, ultraviolet, infrared, and fluorimetric instruments per their operational principles.
           Prepare schematics of analytical instruments to indicate the function of the instruments and their components.
           Compare the capabilities and operational limits of each respective instrument to select the optimal analytical method.
           Calculate reagent concentrations in analytical samples of unknown concentration based on instrumental response.
           Determine reagent concentrations in serial dilutions of aqueous samples to facilitate the preparation of experimental methods.
           Recall the development and evolution of instruments and instrumental methods to assist in troubleshooting, maintenance, and calibration.
Learning Outcomes: Laboratory
Upon completion of the laboratory sessions, learners will be able to:
Operate and maintain visible, ultraviolet, infrared, fluorimetric, and atomic absorption instruments in order to produce analytical results.
Utilize quasi-instrumental methods such as blot colorimetry to estimate concentrations of unknowns.
Prepare single and multi-component standards and their associated blanks to construct calibration curves.
Estimate concentrations of unknown samples by referencing calibration curves.
Identify functional groups in organic molecules using liquid and mulled samples analysed with an infrared spectrometer.
Handle hazardous materials in accordance with good laboratory practice and relevant safety legislation.

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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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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