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Postgraduate course

Quality assurance of chemical analyses

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeMTEK330
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Teaching semester

Then the course runs autumn semester.

This is a course with limited capacity.
More information: http://www.uib.no/matnat/utdanning/studiehverdag/undervisningsopptaket

Place of Instruction

Institute of Marine Research.

Objectives and Content

The primary purpose of this course is to give students insights into quality assurance and validation of chemical analytical methods and traceability of the analytical results. In addition the students will gain insights into typical steps in a chemical analysis such as sampling, sample preparation, instrument analysis and reporting, and how each step contributes to the uncertainty of the analytical result. The laboratory exercises uses modern analytical instrumentation and will be performed in an accredited laboratory.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • has knowledge of the most important principles for quantification in analytical chemistry
  • has knowledge of the theory and systematics related to quality assurance of analytical results
  • has knowledge of the principles of validation and accreditation of chemical analyses including traceability of the analytical result
  • has knowledge of important routines in a modern analytical laboratory
  • has knowledge of typical steps in a chemical analysis (sampling, sample processing, instrument analysis,reporting) and understands how each step influences the final result
  • has knowledge of the functioning for selected analytical instruments


The student

  • can apply common methods for sample preparation of biological samples
  • can apply common methods for quality assurance in chemical analyses
  • can assess the credibility of an analytical result based on the knowledge of the analytical method and quality assurance data
  • manages good laboratory practice, with special focus on safety and analytical quality in an accredited laboratory
  • can apply modern laboratory equipment and instrumentation for chemical analysis

General competence

The student

  • has knowledge of principles and methods in quality assurance
  • has knowledge of fundamental statistical methods
  • can plan and execute accurate work in the laboratory manages cooperation in the laboratory

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

KJEM130, KJEM120, KJEM250

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

BIO306: 10 ECTS, MAR352: 10 ECTS

Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a master's programme at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching will be given as lectures, laboratory exercises and other assignments

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Mandatory participation on the first lecture
  • Laboratory course and written submissions Mandatory activities are valid for five consecutive semesters.
  • Approved HSE-course. If you do not have approved HSE-course at the chemical department, UoB, this must be finished the same semester, before the course starts. More information about the HSE-course can be found at this web-page: http://www.uib.no/kj/utdanning/obligatorisk-hms-kurs

Forms of Assessment

Oral examination constitute 100% of total grade.

Mandatory sunbmissions must be delivered within the set deadlines and mandatory activities must be approved to have access to the final exam in the course

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examination both semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.