Courses & Units

Advanced Analytical Techniques KRA344

This unit is intended for all students majoring in chemistry along with those with interests in the physical sciences; biotechnology; medical and biomedical research; life sciences; earth sciences; Antarctic science; marine science; and pharmaceutical science.  Students who would like to do this unit but have a timetable problem with either lectures or laboratory work should consult the Unit Coordinator.


Analytical Chemistry is a branch of chemistry that deals with the identification of compounds and mixtures (qualitative analysis) or the determination of the proportions of the constituents (quantitative analysis). It is important for ensuring the safety of our food and pharmaceuticals, the quality of our water, and our health and safety. This unit will be of importance to all scientists relying on the use of chemical information to answer questions in their field of endeavour. The material concentrates on giving a sound foundation to the theory and application of modern instrumental techniques, reinforced through hands-on use in the laboratory program. Topics within this unit are selected from: chromatographic separation techniques, including chromatography and electrophoresis; mass spectrometry, and portable and miniaturised analytical systems. KRA344 is one of four 300-level core units in the Chemistry Major.


Unit name Advanced Analytical Techniques
Unit code KRA344
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry
Coordinator Professor Michael Breadmore
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the mechanisms and operation of different analytical techniques used in a diversity of disciplines and areas.
  • Justify the suitability of different analytical techniques to analyse a range of molecules in a range of sample matrices.
  • Perform laboratory experiments in a safe and professional manner.
  • Analyse and interpret the analytical data using discipline knowledge
  • Communicate experimental outcomes in a professional manner
  • Appraise the process of developing and obtaining chemical knowledge inside and outside the academic environment.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



KRA241 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry OR KRA242 Physical and Analytical Chemistry

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Teaching activities will occur in both Hobart and Launceston with weekly face-to-face workshops (13 x 2 hrs) and laboratory sessions (10 x 4 hrs).  Prior to each workshop, recorded content and reading material will be delivered through MyLO (approximately 40 hrs) that will serve as a basis for clarification, expansion and extensions through discussion and problem solving. 


AssessmentBYO Sample (4%)|Assignment 1 (10%)|Assignment 2 (10%)|Laboratory (36%)|Exam (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Quantitative Chemical Analysis, Tenth Edition| 2020, Daniel C. Harris; Charles , A. Lucy; MacMillian, ISBN:9781319384807; ISBN:9781319274023, ISBN:9781319164300

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