Chemistry 311: Instrumental Analytical Chemistry

Course Level: 
Third Year
Academic Year: 

Session: Winter

Instructor: Dr. Dan Bizzotto 
Office: AMPEL318 Office Phone: (604) 822–6816
Office Hours: TBA in D224

Teaching Assistant: Luke Busta
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:

  • Explain how an analytical instrument works with reference to basic chemical and physical principles.
  • Compare the strengths and limitations of analytical methods and instruments based on performance and practical considerations.
  • Design an appropriate analytical strategy for the quantitative or qualitative analysis of a complex sample based on the problem requirements.
  • Predict how changes in a sample or experimental parameters will affect the results of a measurement.
  • Draw and label a block diagram of an analytical instrument that includes the details of key components, and explain the function of each component.
  • Evaluate analytical data to make a recommendation on a relevant problem.

Office hours will be scheduled after consulation with the class via an on-line poll. New this year is a tutorial that will follow the Tuesday class (in the same room). The tutorial will explore concepts covered in lecture (no new concepts) with examples / problems that will be similar to some exam questions.


  • Pre-lecture reading quiz: 2.5%
  • Active Participation in lecture, tutorial and clicker questions (please register your clickers) and in-class/tutorial activities: 2.5%
  • Five on-line assessments: (questions answered on-line: 10%, questions with solutions to be handed in: 10%)
  • Mid-term exam: individual portion 25%, group portion 5% (two stage exam to be written the week following Reading Break, more information will be given before the exam)
  • Final Exam: 45% (NB: you must achieve a net passing grade in both exams to pass the course)

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. University regulations will be strictly enforced (see

Lecture Schedule

Below is the typical schedule and approximate time to be spent on each part of the course material,
in addition to the Chpt in Skoog.

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