Course code KJM240

KJM240 Analytical Chemistry

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Course responsible: Elin Lovise Folven Gjengedal
Teachers: Solfrid Lohne, Susanne Øby Birkeland, Aleksander Sverdrup Aarsand, Mina Marthinsen Langfjord, Roland Peter Kallenborn
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
The autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2003-2004
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The lectures give an overview of the course and the theoretical background for relevant methods. Several textbooks are used as the point of departure. The exercises introduce inorganic analytical chemistry from sampling to the performing of analyses through practical experience. The laboratory exercises comprise both traditional and modern analysis methods. The report from the exercise is written as a scientific article. The course focuses on naturally occurring processes in the biogeochemical cycle, and in that way satisfies the environmental profile of NMBU.
Learning outcome:

Knowledge: Mainly to acquire a broad overview of inorganic analytical chemistry from the taking of samples to analysis. Knowledge of sampling, sample preparation methods and separation techniques. Knowledge of quality control with special emphasis on the validation of methods. Knowledge and understanding of the principles for the following analysis methods: Gravimetric, titrimetric, and potentiometric methods. Molecular and atomic spectroscopy. Gas and liquid chromatographic methods.

Skills: Based on theoretical and practical training, be able to apply the knowledge to a problem and critically assess sources of error and uncertainty in the analyses that affect the interpretation of data. Provide a theoretical background for the method, as well as present, discuss and conclude on results from a survey in the form of a report.

General competence: Be able to choose appropriate sampling, sample preparation and analysis method based on knowledge of sample type and analyte(s), as well as requirements for analysis quality. Assess quality in analysis results. Present the work as a report.

Learning activities:
Lectures are to give a broad introduction to analytical chemistry from sampling to the performing of analyses. Analytical chemistry is an experience-based subject where especially laboratory exercises are central. Through group work, students are given assignments where they must carry out specific chemical analyses and, based on a common data set, provide answers to questions asked in the assignment. The laboratory exercises emphasize critical assessment of sources of error and uncertainty in the analyses that affect the interpretation of data. The laboratory reports are written as an article. Other learning activities include problem-based learning through work with cases with relevant issues. The students' answers to the case are presented orally and discussed in class..
Teaching support:
The laboratory exercises place emphasis on the critical evaluation of sources of error and uncertainty in the analyses that affect the interpretation of the data. The students are free to make appointments for discussions with both the lecturer and the technical staff. The deadline for submitting a laboratory report is one week. Students will be given an opportunity to discuss improvements of the reports, even reports that are approved.
Skoog, D.A., D.M. West, F.J. Holler & S.R Crouch, 2021. Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry. 10th Ed. Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, UK.
KJM100 General Chemistry
Recommended prerequisites:
KJM120 Inorganic Chemistry, KJM230 Physical Chemistry.
Mandatory activity:

Approved report from six laboratory exercises. One lab report has individual submission, the other five reports are submitted as group work. The reports can only be improved once if they are not approved at first submission. All reports must be approved for mandatory activity approval.

Compulsory attendance on the first lecture.

Final written examination (3.5 hours). Grading system: A-E / Not passed.
Nominal workload:
Lectures: 30 hours, laboratory exercises: 36 hours, completing 6 reports: 110 hours, self-tuition: 74 hours, a total workload of 250 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures: 4 hours per week (ca. 30 hours in all). Laboratory exercises: 6 hours (1 day) per week (36 hours in all).
Mandatory attendance at first lecture.
The external examiner approve the examination questions and censor the exam paper. 
Allowed examination aids: B1 Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: Letter grades