PFT872 - Instrument Calibration

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Subject Title
Instrument Calibration

Subject Description
This subject prepares students to calibrate all analytical balances, pH meters, UV/VIS spectrophotometers, dissolution apparatus and the HPLC system. (Lectures and Labs)

Credit Status
One credit toward the Advanced Pharmaceutical Instrumentation (HPLC) Recognition of Achievement

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

1. Explain the general principles of instrument qualification and calibration, instrument qualification phases, regulatory expectations and the role of instrument calibration within pharmaceutical/ chemical industries.

2. Examine the principles of operation, regulatory expectations and industry practices related to calibration of the UV/VIS spectrophotometer.

3. Examine the principles of operation, regulatory expectations and industry practices related to calibration of HPLC systems.

4. Examine principles of operation, regulatory expectations and industry practices related to calibration of dissolution apparatus types I and II.

5. Learn and understand regulatory expectations and principles of instrument calibration for pH meters and analytical/top loading balances.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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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.


Topic Outline
Laboratory safety and WHMIS overview

Calibration of ultraviolet / visible spectrophotometer for wavelength accuracy, linearity and precision

Calibration of dissolution apparatus for disintegrating and non-disintegrating tablet types

Calibration of PH meter for buffer PH 4.0 and PH 7.0 and efficiency evaluation

Calibration of HPLC for precision linearity and accuracy by using methyl paraben and propyl paraben solutions

Calibration of analytical balances for internal and external weights 

Mode of Instruction
Lab and lecture

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material
Method Development by HPLC; Kirkland and Snyder ISBN: 978-0471007036
Practical HPLC Methodology and Applications;  Brian A. Bidlingmeyer ISBN: 978-0-471-57246-6

Required Supplies
Lab coat and safety glasses.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

  • Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on which they are due.
  • A late penalty of 10% per day is assessed for late assignments, including those not handed in at the beginning of class when due.
  • Material will not be accepted after one week following the due date and/or when the marked material is returned to students, whichever comes first.
  • Assignments are to be prepared by computer.

Absenteeism and Exams
  • Students should be aware that absenteeism almost guarantees an inability to achieve satisfactory grades.
  • Students who are absent for an examination due to an emergency (e.g., motor vehicle accident, hospitalization or death in the family) may provide official documentation within five days of the missed exam and be provided a deferred exam at a later date.  Official documentation includes a death notice or an original doctor’s certificate identifying the date, length of time expected absence and the specific reason for the absence.  Examinations missed without official documentation and approval result in a grade of zero.
  • There are no deferred options for missed tests.  The value of missed tests, at the discretion of the Faculty, will be added to other evaluation components

English Proficiency
  • All written work should demonstrate the following characteristics for clarity and conciseness:
-writing is consistent with the rules of English grammar
-spelling and punctuation are correct
-sentences are structured correctly
-main ideas are supported with specific, relevant examples and reasons
-work flows logically through supporting statements/paragraphs
-work is arranged in correct format (e.g., as a report, essay)
-up to 10% of the final grade may be deducted on all work if the above English competencies are not met.

Format for Assignments
  • Students must use the standard, APA style for quoting sources.   Help is available at:

Laboratory Attendance

The laboratory component is essential and therefore it is strongly recommended  that you attend all labs.  Any missed labs must be supported with a legal document with three days of the lab.  Any student who fails to attend 2 scheduled laboratory classes for a 7 week subject and more than 3 laboratory classes for a 14 week subject will not pass the subject.    

Laboratory Safety
Students are required to review and understand the safety procedures and guidelines outlined on the first class and sign the sheet to this effect before beginning work in the laboratory.  Students must also wear a lab coat and safety glasses when conducting experiments.
A student who arrives without the proper safety equipment will not be permitted to participant in the lab but will be asked to leave the class.  The student will receive no grade for the lab missed.

Grading is based on the following marking scheme:
Lab work  25%
Assignment 25%
Quizzes 20%
Final Exam 30%

Other Evaluation Considerations
The student is expected to comply with the Safety Rules for working in the laboratory, sign the safety contract, and WILL NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES WEAR CONTACT LENSES in the laboratory.  The student will know where all safety equipment is located in the laboratory and will be familiar with WHMIS concepts and signage.


Approved by: Denis Gravelle