Chemistry (CHEM) 313

Analytical Chemistry II (Revision 1)

CHEM 313

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

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Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: CHEM311: Analytical Chemistry I or an equivalent course from another institution.

Precluded Course: None

Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology

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Note: This course has a supervised, on-site laboratory component.


Chemistry 313: Analytical Chemistry II is the second of two three-credit courses designed to give students a thorough grounding in the principles of analytical chemistry at the undergraduate level. Together, Chemistry 311 and Chemistry 313 are equivalent to an eight month, two-semester course in a traditional university.

The topics covered in the course include electrodes, potentiometry and electroanalytical techniques; the fundamentals and applications of spectrophotometry; atomic and mass spectrometry theory and applications; the theory of chromatography and the common gas and liquid chromatography methods; and important aspects of sampling and sample preparation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to

  • discuss the background theory of instrumental analytical methods.
  • perform calculations related to the analytical methods discussed.
  • evaluate analytical data using selected statistical methods.
  • perform instrumental analytical procedures, determine the concentrations of analytes in unknowns using those procedures, and evaluate the data obtained.


To receive credit for CHEM 313, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least a D (50 percent). You must achieve a combined average of 50 percent on the exams, a weighted average grade of at least 60 percent on the assignments, and a weighted average grade of at least 60 percent on the laboratory work. The weighting of the components that comprise the composite grade is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 3%
Assignment 2 3%
Midterm 25%
Assignment 3 4%
Final 35%
Lab Work 30%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Harris, D. C. (2010). Quantitative chemical analysis (8th ed.). New York: W. H. Freeman.

Harris, D. C. (2011). Solutions manual for Quantitative chemical analysis (8th ed.). New York: W. H. Freeman.

Other Resources

The course materials also include online Study Guide and Course Information documents, as well as a print laboratory manual that will be distributed in the lab.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, September 30, 2014.