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CHEM306 Analytical Chemistry 2

Advanced analytical chemistry methods for environmental, forensic, industrial and biological applications.

CHEM306 focuses on the application of modern analytical techniques, building on the fundamentals of analytical chemistry learned in CHEM206. Drawing on examples from a range of disciplines, the emphasis of this paper is on the practical skills gained in the laboratory. Here, students will learn the theoretical and practical frameworks needed to independently apply established techniques and develop new analytical methods.

Paper title Analytical Chemistry 2
Paper code CHEM306
Subject Chemistry
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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CHEM 206
Schedule C

Dr Mohamed Sharafeldin

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Mohamed Sharafeldin

Lecturers: Professor Keith Gordon

Professor Nigel Perry

Associate Professor Christina McGraw

Paper Structure

Topics covered in CHEM306 include:

  • Instrumental analysis
    The design, development, and application of scientific instruments to understand complex chemical systems.
  • Spectroscopy
    The role of spectroscopy (UV-Vis, IR, Raman) and multivariate statistics in characterising chemical systems.
  • Separation techniques
    The use of analytical techniques (partitioning, GC, HPLC, electrophoresis) to separate, identify and quantify components in complex samples.

Within each topic, students will explore forensic, environmental, industrial and biological applications.

Teaching Arrangements

Short lectures will be incorporated into a single 8-hour practical each week. The self-directed experiments give students the flexibility to schedule their own breaks, lunch, and up to one hour of clash.


Highly recommended: Quantitative Chemical Analysis, 9th edition by Daniel Harris.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

Expectations at the end of the paper:

  • An understanding of the scientific concepts underlying the major analytical methods of chemical analysis.
  • An understanding of the application of these concepts to forensic, environmental, industrial, and biological analysis.
  • Experience with the use and assessment of standard practical and experimental techniques.
  • An understanding of how to obtain and validate high-quality data.

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Thursday 10:00-17:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Friday 10:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41