ITM472 - Instrumental Methods

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Subject Title
Instrumental Methods

Subject Description
A general coverage of common optical laboratory instruments is presented. Topics covered include colorimetry, ultraviolet, visible and infrared region spectrophotometry, fluorimetry, turbidity/nephelometry, and atomic emission spectrophotometry (if time permits). The theory of these instrumental methods will be supported by proper interpretation of analytical data and mathematical techniques for preparing standards and samples.

Credit Status
One credit towards the CLT program.

CHM 273 and MTH 173

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

  1. Have a fundamental understanding of the theory behind colorimetric, visible, ultraviolet, infrared, and fluorimetric instrumentation.
  2. Have an understanding of instrumental schematics and the function of the principal components in these instruments.
  3. Have gained an understanding of the evolution of instrumentation and therefore understand the reasons for the next generation of instruments.
  4. Have an understanding of the advantages, disadvantages and applications for these instruments.
  5. Have hands-on laboratory experience with visible, ultraviolet, infrared and fluorimetric instruments.
  6. Have laboratory experience preparing one and two-component standards.
  7. Have laboratory experience with quality control analysis and proper interpretation and graphing of data.
  8. Have hands-on experience with mass and concentration calculations; typical quality control/quality assurance calculations.

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.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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