Physical methods of analysis

NAME OF THE COURSE Physical methods of analysis



Year of study


Course teacher

Assoc Prof Josipa Giljanović

Credits (ECTS)


Associate teachers

Type of instruction (number of hours)






Status of the course


Percentage of application of e-learning

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Course objectives

Acquisition of basic knowledge about the physical methods of analysis based on optical and electrochemical phenomena. To enable students to understand and apply the acquired knowledge in practice in the analysis of complex samples

Course enrolment requirements and entry competences required for the course

Completed appropriate undergraduate study

Learning outcomes expected at the level of the course (4 to 10 learning outcomes)

1. Adoption of the basic knowledge and principles of the application of spectroscopic techniques for analysis of complex samples
2. Understand and apply the methods of sample preparation for chemical analysis
3. Apply spectroscopic analysis methods in the analysis of complex samples.
4. Implement separation analysis methods in the analysis of complex samples.
5. Apply the principles of validation of the analytical method

Course content broken down in detail by weekly class schedule (syllabus)

1. week: Analytical system. Sampling from the environment. Seminar: Solving problems.
2. Week: Preparation of the sample for analysis. Seminar: Solving problems.
3. week: Method of isolation of the analyte from the nuts: solid phase extraction, microwave ultrasonic extraction. Seminar: Solving problems.
4. Week: Spectroscopic methods. Molecular Spectroscopy. Seminar: Solving problems.
5. Week: Atomic absorption spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy. Seminar: Solving problems.
6. week: Chromatographic methods: gas, ion, thin layer chromatography. Seminar: Solving problems.
7. Week : 1st. partial exam, solving the test
8. week: High performance liquid chromatography. Seminar: Solving problems.
9. week: Validation of methods. Comparison of methods. The choice of the appropriate method. Seminar: Solving problems
10. Week: Statistical analysis and evaluation of results, and obtain information about the sample. Seminar: Solving problems
11. Week: Validation of spectoscopic methods, examples. Seminar: Solving problems
12.Validation of chromatographic methods examples. Seminar: Solving problems
13 Week: Automation in the analytical laboratory. Segmented flow method. Seminar: Solving problems
14. Week: flow-injection method. An automated analytical systems. Seminar: Solving problems
15. Week : 2 nd partial exam , solving the test

Format of instruction:

Student responsibilities

Lectures attendance - at least 80% and completing exercises

Screening student work (name the proportion of ECTS credits for eachactivity so that the total number of ECTS credits is equal to the ECTS value of the course):

Class attendance




Practical training


Experimental work








Seminar essay






Oral exam




Written exam






Grading and evaluating student work in class and at the final exam

The entire test can be applied over two partial tests during the semester. Passing threshold is 60%. Each test in assessing participates with 50%. Lectures presence of 80 to 100% is 10% marks. The examination periods there is a written and oral exam. Passing threshold is 60%. Passing one partial test of any part (previous activity) is valid throughout current academic year. Written exam has a share of 50% and oral examination also 50%. Students who have not passed the partial tests will have oral examination in the regular examination period. Passing threshold is 60% and the examination form to participate in the evaluation by 50%.
Rating: 60% -69% - satisfactory, 70% -79% - good, 80% -89% very good, 90% -100% - excellent.

Required literature (available in the library and via other media)


Number of copies in the library

Availability via other media

D. A.Skoog, D. M. West, F. J. Holler, Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry, Seventh Edition, Saunders College Publishing, New York, London, 1996. { šesto izdanje (englesko) 1992, prvo izdanje (hrvatsko), Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1999.};


A. Skoog, D. M. West i F. J. Holler, S. R. Crouch, Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry, 9th edition, Brooks&Cole, SAD, 2014.; 3.D.C.Harris, Quantitative Chemical Analysis, Eighth Edition, W.H.Freeman and Company, New York, 2010.


na web-stranici Zavoda za analitičku kemiju

Optional literature (at the time of submission of study programme proposal)


Quality assurance methods that ensure the acquisition of exit competences

- registration of student’s presence in class
- annual analysis of students success in this course
- student’s survey in order to evaluate the professor
- professor’s self-evaluation

Other (as the proposer wishes to add)