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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Analytical Chemistry

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 3
Programme level Bachelor
Course responsible
  • Jan H. Christensen (3-6c656a42726e6770306d7730666d)
  • Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Food Science
Course number: NPLB14027U

Course content

The course topics include: An introduction to analytical chemistry: choice of analytical methodology, sampling, sample preparation, chemical analysis, tools for quantitative chemical analysis, quality assurance. Extraction methods such as liquid-liquid extraction, solid phase extraction, super-critical fluid extraction and accelerated solvent extraction. Cleanup and fractionation methods. Introduction to Chromatography, high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC) and other chromatographic methods. Detector types with focus on mass spectrometry and hyphenated techniques such as GC-MS and LC-MS. Introduction to spectroscopic methods (UV-VIS, IR, X-ray, atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) and inductive coupled plasma mass spectrometry). Introduction to data processing, errors in chemical analyses, statistical analyses (including chemometrics) and data presentation. Method development, evaluation, validation and QA/QC measures.

Compulsory laboratory exercises comprise projects which involve sampling, extraction and cleanup, methods of analysis, data processing and data evaluation.

Learning outcome

The course objective is to introduce the participants to modern instrumental techniques and analytical approaches within environmental- and soil chemistry, food chemistry and plant biology.

After completing the course the student should be able to:

Describe the theory of sampling, sample preparation and sample preparation techniques
Refer to the chemical theory behind the use of modern instrumental techniques for quantitative chemical analysis
Describe how to identify unknown compounds by mass spectrometry and to measure their concentrations in environmental and food samples

Develop and apply methods for separating chemical compounds in mixtures using chromatography
Perform quantitative chemical analysis of organic compounds and metals
Apply solid data processing and evaluation of analytical data

Develop, validate and apply analytical methods in different field of research
Evaluate and discuss analytical chemical data from the literature.
Do problem solving in analytical chemistry

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BSc Programme in Chemistry
BSc Programme in Natural Resources
BSC Programme in Natural Sciences and IT
BSc Programme in Biology-Biotechnology
BSc Programme in Food and Nutrition
MSc Programme in Food Science and Technology
MSc Programme in Agriculture
MSc Programme in Biology-Biotechnology
MSc Programme in Animal Derived Foods (Food of Life)
MSc Programme in Environmental Science


Study Board of Natural Resources and Environment

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


When there is more than 25 participants on the course, the participants will be divided into laboratory teams. Some of these teams will have laboratory exercises outside the normal course module.
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Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and theoretical exercises: The lectures will present the general chemical background of the measurement principles and instrumental techniques as well as theory on sampling, data processing, data analysis, quality assurance and method validation.

Theoretical exercises: These exercises will train the students to carry out calculations on the data produced from different instrumental techniques including statistical analyses, reporting and QA/QC.

Laboratory exercises: Laboratory exercises represent the heart of the course. Here, the participants train the different instrumental techniques and get used to analytical work in the laboratory. The laboratory exercises comprise 6 compulsory themes. Theoretical and laboratory exercises are performed by groups of 2 or 3 students. A 1-day excursion to a larger accredited laboratory is included in the course.







Daniel C. Harris (Eight edition): Quantitative Chemical Analysis.

Course teachers: Compendium for laboratory exercises, handouts and electronic resources



Category Hours
Lectures 28
Theory exercises 28
Practical exercises 24
Excursions 8
Exam 4
Preparation 106
Colloquia 8
English 206


Type of assessment

Written examination, 3 hours under invigilation
Practical oral examination, 20 min
The oral examination will focus on practical aspects of analytical chemistry on the basis of the laboratory exercises. The written exam counts 2/3 and the oral examination of practical aspects 1/3.


All aids allowed

NB: If the exam is held at the ITX, the ITX will provide you a computer. Private computer, tablet or mobile phone CANNOT be brought along to the exam. Books and notes should be brought on paper or saved on a USB key.

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome

Censorship form

No external censorship
One internal examiner


If 10 or fewer register for the reexamination the examination form will be oral.

There can not be dispensated for the requirement of laboratory exercises, and students who do not fullfil the requirement has to follow the course the following study year.

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