CMI533 - Chemical Instrumentation

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Subject Title
Chemical Instrumentation

Subject Description
A continuation from CMI-333. Topics covered are atomic absorption spectrophotometry, electrode potentials, electrochemical cells, potentiometry, and mass spectrometry. If time permits, other topics will include: conductometry, polarography and anodic stripping voltammetry.

Credit Status
One credit towards the CHY or CLP program.

CHY Students: CMI 333, and either ECI 533 or BIC 633
CLP Students: CMI 333, and either CHO 433 or BIC 433

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Have a fundamental understanding of the theory behind flame and furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometry, electrochemistry (including potentiometric analysis and specific ion electrodes), and mass spectrometry
  2. Have gained an understanding of the evolution of these instruments and therefore understand the reason for the next generation
  3. Have an understanding of the advantages, disadvantages and applications of these instruments
  4. Have an understanding of the Nernst equation and calculations using it
  5. Have hands-on laboratory experience in setting up and running flame atomic absorption systems, zeeman background corrected furnace atomic absorption systems, specific ion electrodes, mercury vapour atomic absorption, and redox electrodes
  6. Have laboratory experience in dealing with quality assurance analysis
  7. Have experience with proper graphing and interpretation of laboratory data

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.