Chemistry 311: Instrumental Analysis

Course Level: 
Third Year
Academic Year: 

Session: Winter 2012/13
Instructor: Dr. Dan Bizzotto 
Office: Office: AMPEL318 Office Phone: (604) 822–6816
Office Hours: Wed 1400 - 1630 hrs in D224
Lecture Times: TTh 930 hrs Room: Henn 201
Teaching Assistant: Amanda Musgrove, E-mail:  , AMPEL 342


The required textbook for this course is “Principles of Instrumental Analysis“ by Skoog, Holler & Crouch (6thed) which can be purchased from the bookstore or other suppliers.

Course Description

Chem 311 is an introduction to instrumental chemical analysis. The prerequesite is Chem 211. The content to be covered is described in this course outline. After successfully completing this course you will be able to:

  • describe the basic physical-chemical principles underlying the analytical techniques discussed & describe the basis and use of the instrumentation for analysis
  • demonstrate your knowledge of the instrumentation, techniques, and methodology described in class for use modern chemical analysis by correcty determining the methods and instrumentation appropriate for each sample analysis problem
  • describe the approaches used in increasing the signal to noise in analytical measurements
  • demostrate the ability to reason through questions / concepts / problems in chemical analysis


  • Mid-term exam (Mar 1, 2011): 25%
  • Active Participation in lecture and clicker questions: 5%
  • Five on-line assessments 5% each (total of 25%)
  • Final Exam: 45%

The final examination is scheduled by the registrar. The examination period for this term is given in the UBC Calendar. DO NOT BOOK TRAVEL RESERVATIONS UNTIL THE EXAMINATION TIMETABLE FOR THE CURRENT TERM IS FINALIZED. No changes in exam dates will be made to accommodate travel plans. During the writing of all examinations in CHEM311, the following University regulations will be strictly enforced: " Candidates guilty of any of the following, or similar, dishonest practices shall be liable to disciplinary action:

  1. Making use of any book, papers, preprogrammed information in calculators, or memoranda other than those authorized by the examiners.
  2. Speaking or communicating with other candidates.
  3. Purposely exposing written papers to the view of other candidates. The plea of accident or forgetfulness shall not be received."
    Identification (UBC card) is required at examinations.

Lecture Schedule

1. Introduction (Chpt 1) [0.5 week]
2. Spectrometric Instrumentation and Methods [5 weeks]
  (a) Properties of Light (Chpt 6)
  (b) Intro to spectrometry (Chpt 6,7)
  (c) Wavelength selectors (Chpt 7)
  (d) Molecular Spectroscopy (Chpt 13-16, 18)
  (e) Atomic Spectroscopy (Chpt 7-10)
  (f) Mass Spectrometry (Chpt 11,20)
3. Electrochemistry (Chpt 22, 25) [1.5 weeks]
4. Separations [5 weeks]
  (a) Review of Chromatography (Chpt 26)
  (b) GC (Chpt 27)
  (c) HPLC (Chpt 28)
  (d) SFC&E (Chpt 29)
  (e) Capillary electrophoresis (Chpt 30)