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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.


This unit will be of importance to all scientists relying on the use of instrumental separation science, mass spectroscopic techniques, and chemical sensors in their field of endeavour. The material has been designed to appeal to the modern scientist with the material presented concentrating on giving a sound foundation to the theory and application of modern instrumental techniques in this area. Topics within this unit are selected from: chromatographic separation techniques, including ion chromatography and high performance liquid chromatography; solid phase extraction; capillary electrophoresis; gas chromatography; hyphenated and multidimensional techniques; portable instrumentation; miniaturised analytical systems; sample handling and preparation; analytical mass spectrometry (inorganic and organic); and electroanalytical applications, including sensors. The laboratory program reinforces concepts introduced in lectures and gives students experience in good laboratory practice and protocol, and hands-on usage of modern research level instrumentation. Overall this unit presents theory and practice of instrumental methods and specific detection technologies in a context relevant and key to all areas of scientific study including, but not limited to the physical sciences, biotechnology, medical and biomedical research, life sciences, earth sciences, agricultural sciences, marine and Antarctic sciences, and pharmaceutical science areas.


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 student elective?
Delivered By Delivered wholly by the provider
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 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 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciate the use of a variety of analytical techniques, such as GC, LC, IC, electrophoresis, sensors and mass spectrometry employed for instrumental chemical analysis. The material focuses on understanding the principles behind separations, their interdependence, and their application in analysis.
  • Apply fundamental concepts obtained in the lectures and laboratory exercises to a range of analytical and physical chemistry problems.
  • Demonstrate experimental skills allowing the application of many of the topics listed above to structure determination and other chemical analyses. In addition, some experience in experimental and interpretive skills not covered in lecture topics will be obtained through the laboratory course.
  • Critically appraise both your own work along with that of your peers.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010500 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,701.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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(KRA242 Physical and Analytical Chemistry, KRA223 - Chemistry 2C Chemical Analysis OR KRA201 - Analytical Chemistry OR KRA225 - Chemistry 2B Inorganic and Physical)

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

1 x 1-hour face-to-face workshop per week.  1 x 4-hour laboratory session from weeks 2-11.

AssessmentReport (5%)|Lab reports (35%)|Examination (60%)
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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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