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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: CHEM 306
Course Title: Analytical Chemistry I
Number of:
Credit Hours 5
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 2
Catalog Description:

An overview of analytical chemical techniques with a focus on how data is collected, analyzed and interpreted. The development of analytical methods as well as analytical sampling are discussed as are tools used for the isolation and quantification of chemical samples. Laboratory work is included as part of this course. Students majoring in Chemistry must earn a grade of C or higher. $40 lab fee. Prerequisites: CHEM 112 and CHEM 112L with a grade of C or higher; MATH 150 or MATH 180.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CHEM 112 and CHEM 112L with a grade of C or higher; MATH 150 or MATH 180.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Fall.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Principles of Instrumental Analysis
By Skoog, D. et. al (Thomas Brooks/Cole)
Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry
By Miller, J.N. and Miller, J.C. (Prentice Hall)
Practical Statistics for the Analytical Scientist
By Ellison, S. et. al. (RSC Publishing)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyze scientific data using statistical tools.
  2. Describe different forms of spectroscopy and the physical basis of these techniques.
  3. Describe the factors influencing chemical separation.
  4. Diagram common instruments and explain the purpose of their components.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to work efficiently and effectively in lab to perform analysis of complex systems.
  6. Design a novel experiment capable of examining a scientific problem of the student’s choice.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Analytical process
  • Measurements
  • Error and statistics
  • Sampling
  • Method development
  • Instrument design
  • Calibration methods
  • Chromatography
  • Spectrophotometry

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 16

Library Resources:

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Prepared by: Christopher Babayco Date: September 8, 2015
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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