Analytical Techniques/Instrumentation


The Analytical Techniques and Instrumentation module combines theory with practice so that the student has a comprehensive knowledge of chromatography, electrochemistry, spectroscopy and microscopy and electrochemical methods for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of compounds and mixtures. From the theory the student learns the basic methods of chromatography which include Gas Chromatography (GC), High Performance Liquid Chromatography(HPLC), Mass Spectroscopy(MS), GC-MS, Thin layer, Ion Exchange HPLC, Column Chromatography and Size Exclusion Chromatography. The student also learns basic spectroscopy methods of analysis such as Atomic adsorption (AA), both flame and non flame (Graphite Furnace), Flame emission (FE) and advanced Microscopy covering the Scanning Electron Microscope, the Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope and its use in examination of biological samples. Basic electrochemical methods of analysis with the use of Auto Titrators and Ion Selective Electrodes are also covered in theory. Through practical work the student learns how to follow procedures, prepare samples for analysis for the above techniques. They learn how to process analytical data, interpret results correctly and report results obtained. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Display a knowledge of the basic theoretical principles and underlying methods of chromatographic , spectroscopic , electrochemical analysis and microscopy.

  2. Follow procedures and prepare samples for analysis by chromatographic , spectroscopic , electrochemical analysis and microscopy.

  3. Operate a wide range of analytical instrumentation under supervision.

  4. Process analytical data and obtain quantitative results.

  5. Complete reports using mathematical methods.

  6. Interpret and assess the results obtained.

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