CHM323 Instrumental Analysis 1 (8)

A study of advanced instrumental methods, techniques and applications for chemical analysis, covering topics such as theory and practice of trace analytical techniques, electroanalytical techniques, absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy and flame and flameless atomic absorption spectroscopy.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: CHM323. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences


CHM213 and ( CHM214 or CHM215 )

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to demonstrate a range of important analytical chemistry techniques having high sensitivity and selectivity;
  • Be able to discuss the limitations and applicability of instrumental analysis to chemical problems;
  • Be competent in using a range of modern analytical techniques;
  • Be able to demonstrate understanding of the requirements, procedures and difficulties involved in trace and ultra trace analysis;
  • Be able to demonstrate understanding of the analytical applications of electrochemistry;
  • Be able to demonstrate understanding of the inorganic applications of spectroscopic techniques;
  • Have further developed skills in scientific reporting and communication.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Unit 1 Trace Analysis/Electrochemistry
  • Trace analysis, general principles, sampling contamination, enrichment techniques, techniques for water analysis
  • Review of basic electrochemical concepts
  • Potentiometric methods
  • Coulometric methods
  • Voltammetry
  • Unit 2 Inorganic Spectroscopy
  • Ultraviolet/visible absorption spectroscopy, dual wavelength, dual beam instrumentation, derivative spectroscopy
  • Fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Atomic absorption and atomic emission spectroscopy with flame and electrothermal atomisation
  • Background correction techniques

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of CHM323 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Practical reports

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

The nature of this subject requires students to have access to laboratory instrumentation. In particular, students need to become familiar with a range of instrumentation which may include instruments pertaining to chromatography, mass spectrometry, spectroscopic techniques and electrochemical analysis. Students will be required to develop analytical methods and sample preparation for a range of analytical scenarios, conduct the experiments and report on the outcomes.

The skills developed by the laboratory component of this subject relate to the following Chemistry Threshold Learning Outcomes:
3.2 Formulating hypotheses, proposals and predictions and designing and undertaking experiments in a safe and responsible manner.
3.3 Applying recognised methods and appropriate practical techniques and tools and being able to adapt these techniques when necessary.
3.4 Collecting, recording and interpreting data and incorporating qualitative and quantitative evidence into scientifically defensible arguments.
4.2 Appropriately documenting the essential details of procedures undertaken, key observations, results and conclusions.
5.2 Demonstrating a capacity for working responsibly and safely.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.