Enter Title


CHEM 4811 - Instrumental Analysis

Course Syllabus - Spring 2014

Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations should contact the Disability Services Coordinator, Student Center 255, 678-466-5445, disabilityservices@mail.clayton.edu.

Operation Study: At Clayton State University, we expect and support high motivation and academic achievement. Look for Operation Study activities and programs this semester that are designed to enhance your academic success such as study sessions, study breaks, workshops, and opportunities to earn Study Bucks (for use in the University Bookstore) and other items.

Course Description:

Number and Title:

CHEM 4811 (CRN 21003)

Instrumental Analysis

Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours

Catalog Description:

Theoretical principles and uses of modern instrumental methods covering: spectroscopy, electroanalysis, and chromatographic separations.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

  • Prerequisites: CHEM 2412, CHEM 2412L and CHEM 3811 with a grade of C or higher.
  • Co-requisite: CHEM 4811L (CRN 21006), Instrumental Analytical Laboratory.

    Note: Due to the co-requisite nature of CHEM 4811 and CHEM 4811L, students dropping one of the two courses must also drop the other.

Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access. For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to http://itpchoice.clayton.edu/policy.htm.

Everyday coursework in class will not require the use of a computer. Therefore, unless there is a compelling reason, cleared through the instructor, students should not have their computers open during the lectures or exams.

My campus e-mail address is aagyeman@clayton.edu. This course has a web page which can be accessed through my home page at http://a-s.clayton.edu/aagyeman/. Once you have accessed the course web page, you may wish to "bookmark" this site as you will refer to it often during the semester.

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

  • Able to use the WindowsTM operating system
  • Able to use Microsoft WordTM word processing
  • Able to use Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Able to send and receive e-mail using OutlookTM or Outlook ExpressTM
  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email
  • Able to use a Web browser
  • Able to retrieve files via a web page

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers are not required for use in the classroom in this course. Students will use the computer to communicate with the instructor and to access course materials.

Course Objectives:

Students should be able to:

  • Design analytical methods and assess experimental data.
  • Describe principles of NMR, IR, UV-VIS, and X-Ray spectroscopy.
  • Analyze electroanalytical methods.
  • Describe principles and applications of mass spectrometry.
  • Describe principles and applications of chromatographic separations.
  • Interpret spectral data.

Student Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

The following links provide tabular descriptions of the communications outcome and the critical thinking outcome components (see CHEM 4811 in the tables):

Chemistry Outcomes:

CHEM 4811 supports outcomes 1, 3, 5 - 8 of the chemistry major:

After completing the B.S. in Chemistry program at Clayton State University, graduates will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of major fields of chemistry.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of technology related to chemistry, including laboratory instrumentation.
5. Communicate scientific information in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing.
6. Collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in chemistry and supporting fields.
7. Collaborate effectively on team-oriented projects.
8. Identify and describe the impact of chemistry on society.

Biology outcomes:

CHEM 4811 supports outcomes 3, 4, 5, and 7 of the biology major:

  • Outcome 3. Apply knowledge of physical sciences, mathematics, and statistics to biological concepts.
  • Outcome 4. Communicate scientific information in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing.
  • Outcome 5. Demonstrate the ability to collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in biological science and supporting fields.
  • Outcome 7. Demonstrate the ability to identify and describe the impact of biological and physical sciences on the environment and society.


Spring Semester 2014

Instructor Information:

Dr. Augustine O. Agyeman

Phone: (678) 466-4793

Fax: (678) 466-4797

E-mail: aagyeman@clayton.edu

Internet: http://faculty.clayton.edu/aagyeman/

Office: Natural & Behavioral Sciences Building, NBS 147

Office Hours:
Monday: 9:50 am - 10:50 am & 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
or by appointment

Class Meetings:







A. Agyeman


8:25 am – 9:40 am

LAB 107

Textbook Information:

Text: Robinson, James W., Skelly Frame, Eileen M., Frame, George M., Undergraduate Instrumental Analysis, 6th edition, CRC Press, New York, 2005.

Text Coverage: Chapters 1 - 16




In-class examinations (3) @ 100 points each


Term paper


Assigned Homework


Final examination*




*The final examination for the course is scheduled for Thursday, May 8th, 8:00 - 10:00 am. The final examination will be comprehensive.

Bonus quizzes MAY be given at the Professor's discretion throughout the semester, to help students earn additional points towards their final grade.

Please Note the Date and Time of the Final Exam Carefully!!


Letter Grade

Percentage Range


90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report

The mid-term grade in this course will be issued on or before March 3rd and reflects approximately 18% of the entire course grade. Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W." Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, by mid-term, which occurs on March 7, 2014.

Tentative Course Schedule:

The instructor reserves the right to change the schedule as necessary and will communicate any changes clearly to the class.




January 14, 16

Fundamental Concepts


January 20

MLK Holiday (No Classes)


January 21, 23

Introduction to Spectroscopy


January 28, 30

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR)


February 4, 6

Infrared Spectroscopy (IR)


February 11, 13, 18

Ultraviolet and Visible Molecular Spectroscopy (UV-VIS)


February 20

Exam 1

1 - 5

February 25, 27

Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS)


March 4, 6

Atomic Emission Spectroscopy


March 7

Midterm (last day to withdraw without academic penalty)


March 8 - March 16 Spring Break (No Classes) .
 March 18
X-Ray Spectroscopy

March 20, 25

Electroanalytical Methods


March 27

Exam 2

6 - 8, 15

April 1, 3

Mass Spectrometry I: Principles and Instrumentation


April 8, 10

Mass Spectrometry II: Spectral Interpretation and Applications


April 15

Principles of Chromatography


April 17, 22

Gas Chromatography (GC) and Liquid Chromatography (LC)

12 and 13

April 24

Surface Analysis and Thermal Analysis

14 and 16

April 29

Exam 3

9 - 14, 16

May 1

Term Paper Oral Presentations During Lab Period

1 - 16

May 5

Last Day of Classes


May 8 (8:00 am - 10:00 am)

Final Exams


Course Policies:


Problems will be assigned throughout the semester. These assignments will vary in length and format, may be given in-class or as homework, and will be graded. Details for each assignment will be announced in class and/or posted on the course website. You may work on these assignments with your classmates (unless otherwise instructed), but each student must submit their own work for grading (either online or to the instructor, depending on the assignment).

Late Policy:

Assignments due in class will be collected at the beginning of the class period. Work turned in after this is considered late. Late assignments are penalized 10% per day. Problems with printing (including SmartPrint) are not considered acceptable valid excuses for late work. No assignments will be accepted via email unless specified by the instructor.

Additional Problems:

This course demands and expects approximately two hours of work per night. Reading assignments are tentatively made on this syllabus. The student is expected to complete problems from the textbook upon completion of each topic in class. However, these will not be collected or graded. Completion of these problems is your responsibility.

University Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy:

Attendance is expected for all class periods. Attendance is required for all examination periods. It is your responsibility to sign the roll sheet at every class meeting you attend. This roll sheet is the instructor's official record. You will be held responsible for all announcements and material covered in lecture in addition to text, references, hand-outs and study guides. Note: Lectures will contain valuable explanations of content and thought processes which are difficult for most students to extract from the text book on their own. Therefore, regular attendance is strongly encouraged.

Academic Dishonesty:

Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism. All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved. All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Student Life/Judicial Affairs. Judicial procedures are described at http://adminservices.clayton.edu/judicial/.

Disruption of the Learning Environment:

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not tolerated. While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior. A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class. A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal. If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF. A more detailed description of examples of disruptive behavior and appeal procedures is provided at: http://a-s.clayton.edu/cclower/Disruptive%20Classroom%20Behavior.doc.


There will be three (3) in-class examinations and one 2-hour final (comprehensive). The use of a simple calculator is required for all examinations. All examinations are closed book. Attendance is mandatory. If a student has an excused absence on an exam day, the student's final exam percentage score will be used in place of the missed exam score. No make-up exams will be given. In order for an absence to be considered excused, the student must contact the instructor within 24 hours and provide a written excuse from a doctor or other competent authority. Without a valid excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for any missed work.

Grades will not be communicated via email or telephone. Exams will be handed back in the next lecture period after an exam. If absent, a student must come by during office hours to retrieve their exam. Final exam papers may be viewed the following semester during office hours.

Other Class Policies:

Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.

Turn off all electronic devices during class. All electronic devices including computers, cell phones, palm pilots, pagers, calculators, MP3 players, etc. are not allowed during exams or quizzes. During such activities, these devices are not permitted to be in your possession at all (which means they cannot be clipped to your belt, in your pocket, etc.). Possession and/or use of these items during an exam or quiz will result in an automatic zero on the graded activity.

Visitors (friends, children, etc.) are strictly prohibited from attending class without the permission of the instructor.

Last update: December 30, 2013

This website requires Internet Explorer 8 and higher.
Please update to the newest version.