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CHEM206 Analytical Chemistry

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Fundamentals of quantitative analysis, including mass spectrometry, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and separation methods. Applications of analytical chemistry are highlighted through examples in marine, forensic, environmental, and health-related fields.

CHEM 206 introduces the fundamentals of analytical chemistry. Students will learn the theory and practice behind common laboratory analyses, with an emphasis on identifying appropriate analytical techniques for a given sample. From sampling to measurement to data analysis, we will focus on the steps to take to ensure you obtain the highest quality results.

Paper title Analytical Chemistry
Paper code CHEM206
Subject Chemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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18 100-level CHEM points and at least 72 further points
Recommended Preparation
STAT 110 or STAT 115
Schedule C

CHEM 206 has been designed for Chemistry, Forensic Analytical Science, and other science majors with an interest in quantitative analysis and the instrumental techniques that form the basis of the chemical laboratory.


Dr Christina McGraw

Tel 64 3 479 7907

Location: Mellor Laboratories, 117

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Christina McGraw

Associate Professor Carla Meledandri

Professor Keith Gordon

Dr Courtney Ennis

Paper Structure

Topics cover the foundational knowledge needed for quantitative analysis in the laboratory:

  • General steps in a chemical analysis
    • Formulate a question
    • Select an analytical procedure
    • Sampling, transport and storage
    • Laboratory analysis
    • Data analysis
    • Interpret and report
  • Errors, accuracy and precision
  • The role of ionic strength and activity on chemical equilibria
  • Introduction to potentiometry and electrochemical methods
  • Instrumental aspects of spectroscopy
  • Elemental analysis, including AAS, AES and mass spectrometry
  • Separation methods, with a focus on chromatography
    • Partitioning, retention and peak shape
    • Gas Chromatography
    • High Performance Liquid Chromatography
Teaching Arrangements

There are three lectures and one 4-hour laboratory class each week.


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

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Understand the distinction between qualitative and quantitative chemical analyses.
  • Assess analytical data through statistical analyses, including confidence intervals and regression analysis.
  • Ability to collect and apply calibration data
  • Assess the quality of laboratory results with respect to standard figures of merit, e.g. accuracy, precision and limit of detection.
  • Understand how the general steps in quantities chemical analysis relate to common analytical instrumentation.
  • Understand the impact of chemical equilibria on quantitative analyses.
  • Understand the theory of electrochemical analysis and apply theoretical principles in the laboratory.
  • Understand the components of spectroscopic instrumentation and how these components affect the analysis
  • Understand conventional mass spectrometry techniques and how they are applied to quantitative analysis.
  • Understand the theoretical principles of separation science
  • Application of analytical methods in the laboratory
  • Communication of scientific information clearly and accurately

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41
A2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41
A3 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 29-34, 36-41