Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in ALL
Major/Minor ALL
Course Type
Offer in 2021 - 2022 Y N
Course Code CHEM2241
Date2021/09/18 07:01
Enquiry for Course Details
CHEM2241 Analytical chemistry I (6 credits) Academic Year 2021
Offering Department Chemistry Quota 120
Course Co-ordinator Dr I K Chu (1st sem); Dr E C M Tse (2nd sem);, Chemistry < ivankchu@hku.hk; ecmtse@hku.hk >
Teachers Involved (Dr E C M Tse,Chemistry)
(Dr I K Chu,Chemistry)
Course Objectives The course aims to introduce the basic principles of chemical analysis. The principles of chemical measurement, including error analysis, quality assurance and calibration, data acquisition and processing, will be discussed with reference to methods of chemical analysis that are based on chemical equilibrium and stoichiometric reactions. The laboratory classes will include experiments demonstrating modern approaches of data acquisition and processing as well as chemical analysis based on chemical equilibrium.
Course Contents & Topics Measurement: analog and digital measurement, accuracy and precision, comparing means and deviations, calibration curves and least square method for linear plots

Quality assurance: validation of analytical procedures

Chemical equilibrium and chemical analysis: aqueous solution and chemical equilibrium; analysis by acid-base reactivity, complexation reactivity, precipitation reactivity
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

CLO 1 explain the basic principles of chemical measurements
CLO 2 explain the principles of classical methods of chemical analysis such as acid-base neutralization
CLO 3 use laboratory apparatus for chemical analysis
Pre-requisites
(and Co-requisites and
Impermissible combinations)
Pass in CHEM1042 (for students admitted in 2014-15 or before);
Pass in CHEM1042; and Pass in CHEM1043, or already enrolled in this course (for students admitted in 2015-16 or thereafter)
Course Status with Related Major/Minor /Professional Core 2021 Major in Chemistry ( Core/Compulsory )
2021 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) ( Core/Compulsory )
2021 Major in Environmental Science ( Disciplinary Elective )
2021 Minor in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2020 Major in Chemistry ( Core/Compulsory )
2020 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) ( Core/Compulsory )
2020 Major in Environmental Science ( Disciplinary Elective )
2020 Minor in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2019 Major in Chemistry ( Core/Compulsory )
2019 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) ( Core/Compulsory )
2019 Major in Environmental Science ( Disciplinary Elective )
2019 Minor in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2018 Major in Chemistry ( Core/Compulsory )
2018 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) ( Core/Compulsory )
2018 Major in Environmental Science ( Disciplinary Elective )
2018 Minor in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2017 Major in Chemistry ( Core/Compulsory )
2017 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) ( Core/Compulsory )
2017 Major in Environmental Science ( Disciplinary Elective )
2017 Minor in Chemistry ( Disciplinary Elective )
2017 Minor in Environmental Science ( Disciplinary Elective )
Course to PLO Mapping 2021 Major in Chemistry < PLO 2,3,4,5 >
2021 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) < PLO 2,3,4,5 >
2021 Major in Environmental Science < PLO 1,2,3 >
2020 Major in Chemistry < PLO 2,3,4,5 >
2020 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) < PLO 2,3,4,5 >
2020 Major in Environmental Science < PLO 1,2,3 >
2019 Major in Chemistry < PLO 2,3,4,5 >
2019 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) < PLO 2,3,4,5 >
2019 Major in Environmental Science < PLO 1,2,3 >
2018 Major in Chemistry < PLO 2,3,4,5 >
2018 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) < PLO 2,3,4,5 >
2018 Major in Environmental Science < PLO 1,2,3 >
2017 Major in Chemistry < PLO 2,3,4,5 >
2017 Major in Chemistry (Intensive) < PLO 2,3,4,5 >
2017 Major in Environmental Science < PLO 1,2,3 >
Offer in 2021 - 2022 Y        1st sem    2nd sem    Examination Dec    May     
Offer in 2022 - 2023 Y
Course Grade A+ to F
Grade Descriptors
A Demonstrate thorough grasp of the subject. Show evidence of strong analytical abilities, logical and independent thinking, and ablility to apply knowledge to a wide range of complex, familiar and unfamiliar situations. Demonstrate highly proficient lab skills and techniques and critical use of data and results to draw appropriate and insightful conclusions. Demonstrate highly effective organization and presentation skills.
B Demonstrate substantial grasp of the subject. Show evidence of analytical abilities and logical thinking, some evidence of independent thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to familiar and some unfamiliar situations. Demonstrate proficient lab skills and techniques and correct use of data and results to draw appropriate conclusions. Demonstrate effective organization and presentation skills.
C Demonstrate general but incomplete grasp of the subject. Show evidence of some analytical abilities and logical thinking, little evidence of independent thinking, and ability to apply knowledge to most familiar situations. Demonstrate adequate lab skills and techniques and mostly correct but some erroneous use of data and results to draw appropriate conclusions. Demonstrate moderately effective organization and presentation skills.
D Demonstrate partial but limited grasp, with retention of some relevant information, of the subject. Show evidence of limited analytical abilities, little or no evidence of independent thinking, and limited ability to apply knowledge to solve problems. Demonstrate partially effective lab skills and techniques and limited ability to use data and results to draw appropriate conclusions. Demonstrate limited or barely effective organization and presentation skills.
Fail Demonstrate little or no grasp of the knowledge and understanding of the subject. Show little or no evidence of analytical abilities, logical and independent thinking, and very little or no ability to apply knowledge to solve problems. Demonstrate minimally effective or ineffective lab skills and techniques and misuse of data and results and/or unable to draw appropriate conclusions. Demonstrate incoherent organization and poor presentation skills.
Course Type Lecture with laboratory component course
Course Teaching
& Learning Activities
Activities Details No. of Hours
Laboratory 24
Lectures 24
Tutorials 6
Reading / Self study 100
Assessment Methods
and Weighting
Methods Details Weighting in final
course grade (%)
Assessment Methods
to CLO Mapping
Assignments 10 CLO 1,2
Examination 50 CLO 1,2
Laboratory reports 20 CLO 3
Test 20 CLO 1,2
Required/recommended reading
and online materials
Skoog, West, Holler and Crouch, "Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry", latest edition, Cengage Learning
Course Website NIL
Additional Course Information Laboratory classes are mandatory.  Students must complete ALL experiments and laboratory reports to pass this course.
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