CHEM 4811L – Instrumental Analytical Laboratory

Course Syllabus - Spring 2015

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Course Description:

Number and Title:

CHEM 4811L (CRN 20454)
Instrumental Analytical Laboratory

Credit Hours:

CHEM 4811L is a 2.0 semester credit hour course associated with CHEM 4811.

Catalog Description:

An introduction to quantitative, qualitative and modern instrumental techniques in the analytical laboratory.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

Co-requisite: CHEM 4811 (CRN 20453), Instrumental Analysis.
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.

Notebook 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 a the Microsoft WordTM word processing program.
  • Able to use Microsoft ExcelTM spread sheet program.
  • Able to send and receive e-mail using the OutlookTM or Outlook ExpressTM program.
  • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email.
  • Able to use a Web browser.

Your instructor may have access to more font sets than your computer currently holds. Therefore, there may be some differences in the appearance of symbols when viewing old exams and exercise sheets. If this is a problem, consult the instructor.

You should develop the habit of checking your e-mail daily. Because of the number of student we typically have, there may be some delay in the instructor's response to an individual's e-mail. Do not send time-sensitive information via e-mail--use the old system of the telephone. A delivered e-mail does not relieve you of the responsibility of informing the instructor about some concern. On the other hand, the instructor may send e-mails with information vital to your success in the course. Check your e-mail often, at least once a day.

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers are not required for use in the lab room during this course. Computers will be used to access course materials, prepare weekly laboratory report sheets and to communicate with the instructor.

Course Objectives:

A successful student will be able to:

  • Quantitatively analyze unknown samples by volumetric and gravimetric analysis.
  • Analyze unknown samples by UV-VIS and IR spectrophotometry.
  • Analyze electroactive samples by Cyclic Voltammetry.
  • Identify metal ions in solution by Anodic Stripping Voltammetry.
  • Use Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry to separate, identify, and quantify unknown mixtures.

Student Learning Outcomes:

General education outcomes:

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

Chemistry outcomes:

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

  • Outcome 1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of major fields of chemistry.
  • Outcome 2. Demonstrate a broad range of basic laboratory skills applicable to chemistry, and improved chemical research skills.
  • Outcome 3. Demonstrate knowledge of technology related to chemistry, including laboratory instrumentation.
  • Outcome 5. Communicate scientific information in a clear concise manner both orally and in writing.
  • Outcome 6. Collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in chemistry and supporting fields.
  • Outcome 7. Collaborate effectively on team-oriented projects.
  • Outcome 8. Identify and describe the impact of chemistry on society.

Biology outcomes:

CHEM 4811L supports outcomes 2, 3,4 and 5 of the biology major:

  • Outcome 2. Mastery of a broad range of basic lab skills applicable to biology.
  • Outcome 3. Knowledge of physical science, mathematics, and statistics required to support an understanding of biology.
  • Outcome 4. Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear, concise manner.
  • Outcome 5. Ability to collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in biological science and supporting fields.


Spring Semester 2013

Instructor Information:

Dr. Augustine O. Agyeman

Phone: (678) 466-4793

Fax: (678) 466-4797

E-mail: aagyeman@clayton.edu

Internet: http://a-s.clayton.edu/aagyeman/

Office: Natural & Behavioral Sciences Building, NBS 147

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


Class Meetings:







A. Agyeman


9:50 am – 1:40 pm

LAB 202


Textbook & Supplies Information:


Each experimental procedure will be given to students one week prior to the experiment.
Laboratory Notebook with carbonless copies (Available in the bookstore)
Ink Pen and your calculator


You are required to supply your own safety glasses for the laboratory. These are available in the campus book store but may be purchased elsewhere. Safety glasses MUST be worn in the laboratory at all times. If necessary, the instructor will deduct points from lab reports for not wearing safety glasses while in the laboratory. You will not be allowed to continue to work in the laboratory without safety glasses or your notebook.


Your evaluation in CHEM 4811L will be based upon the following component:



Ten Laboratory Mini Reports @ 50 points each


One Formal Laboratory Report


Notebook Yellow Pages






You will be evaluated on weekly experiment mini reports as well as on formal written reports detailing specified parts of one of the experiments. Precision and accuracy will carry much more weight in all evaluations under all circumstances. All data is to be kept in a carbonless copy laboratory notebook. Copies of the lab work will be turned in at the end of each lab period. Graded reports will be handed back in a timely fashion (typically at the next laboratory session). All reports must be typed, double-spaced on white paper, and be written in standard English in paragraph form. Scoring of the formal lab report will be based on content, accuracy, completeness, grammar and format. If the need arises, students will be allowed to make up some of the experiments to better their grades.


The grade you receive in CHEM 4811L will be based upon the following scale:

Letter Grade

Percentage Range


90% or greater


80% - 89%


70% - 79%


60% - 69%


< 60%


Mid-term Progress Report

Due to the relatively small number of laboratory reports that will have been returned by mid-term, mid-term grade may not be reported for this course. Students making unsatisfactory progress will be contacted individually by the instructor before mid-term. If the instructor feels that enough lab reports have been completed by the deadline for mid-term grades, he may issue a mid-term grade report. If issued the mid-term grade in this course, it will be issued on or before March 2nd, which reflects only a portion 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 6, 2015.

Laboratory Schedule:

Lab Day


January 15

Acid-Base Titration: Determination of Unknown Sodium Carbonate

January 19
MLK Holiday (No Classes)

January 22

Acid-Base Titration: Determination of Unknown Sodium Carbonate

January 29

Redox Titration: Determination of Unknown Sodium Oxalate

February 5

Gravimetric Analysis: Determination of Unknown Sulfate

February 12

Complexometric Titration: EDTA Determination of Unknown Ca2+ and Mg2+

February 19

Complexometric Titration: EDTA Determination of Unknown Ca2+ and Mg2+

February 26

Make Up

March 5

Infrered (IR) Spectroscopy
Ultraviolet and Visible (UV-VIS) Spectroscopy
Fluorescence Spectroscopy

March 6

Midterm: Last day to withdraw without academic accountability

March 9 - 14

Spring Break (No classes)

March 19

Infrered (IR) Spectroscopy
Ultraviolet and Visible (UV-VIS) Spectroscopy
Fluorescence Spectroscopy

March 26

Infrered (IR) Spectroscopy
Ultraviolet and Visible (UV-VIS) Spectroscopy
Fluorescence Spectroscopy

April 2

Electroanalytical Method: Analysis of Ferrocyanide/Ferricyanide by Cyclic Voltammetry
HPLC: Quantitative Analysis of APC Tablets

April 9

Electroanalytical Method: Analysis of Ferrocyanide/Ferricyanide by Cyclic Voltammetry
HPLC: Quantitative Analysis of APC Tablets

April 16

Electroanalytical Method: Analysis of Ferrocyanide/Ferricyanide by Cyclic Voltammetry
HPLC: Quantitative Analysis of APC Tablets

April 23

Field Trip (USACIL, Fort Gillem)

April 30

Term Paper Oral Presentations
No reports will be accepted after this day
Late reports incur a penalty of 10% per day.


Course Policies:

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

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 required in lab until you have completed the experimental portion of this course. You will be institutionally withdrawn from the laboratory course if you have a total of FOUR excused or unexcused laboratory absences.

Students will lose safety points for tardiness and not following safety rules.

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. Cheating in any form will not be tolerated. Consequences may include a zero grade on the assessment instrument, or possible action by the College Judicial Board of Review. Judicial procedures are described at

Disruption of the learning Environment:
Behavior which disrupts the teaching-learning process during class activities will not be 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 students who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class. A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal. If found in violation , a students 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/DisruptiveClassroomBehavior.htm


Other Policies:

Participation in laboratory activities involves an inherent risk of injury. In the event of injury, the student should immediately inform the instructor or laboratory technician who will file an accident report. The injured party will be given first aid through the Campus Public Safety Officer and be referred to the appropriate medical facility for follow-up.

Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the laboratory. Students will lose safety points each time they are seen without safety glasses.

Clothing above knee level and open-toed shoes are not accepted. Students will not be allowed into the lab and will lose safety points for not wearing the appropriate clothing or shoes to the lab.

As a courtesy to your classmates:

  • Arrive to lab on time and stay until the exercise is complete.
  • No children or visitors are allowed in the laboratory.
  • Turn off beepers, phones, radios and other electronic devices.
  • No eating, smoking or drinking in the laboratory. No food is allowed in the laboratory.
  • Be aware of all policies and procedures.

No extra credit work will be assigned.

It is the students’ responsibility to complete the Student Survey and Course/Instructor Evaluation for each course and each instructor every semester. If this is not done during the allotted time period, the student will be restricted from seeing their final course grade until approximately one week after final exams have ended. Instructors are not allowed to give course grades to those who did not complete these evaluations. Also, I am not allowed to give out grades over the telephone or via email due to federal privacy laws.

Reports are due on the dates indicated in the schedule. There is a 10% per working day penalty for late labs. Under no circumstances will reports be accepted after the last day of classes as printed in the College schedule.


Last update:January 6, 2015


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