Using a Systematic Approach To Develop a Chemistry Course Introducing Students to Instrumental Analysis

Hao-Yu Shen*, Bo Shen, Christopher Hardacre

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A systematic approach to develop the teaching of instrumental analytical chemistry is discussed, as well as a conceptual framework for organizing and executing lectures and a laboratory course. Three main components are used in this course: theoretical knowledge developed in the classroom, simulations via a virtual laboratory, and practical training via experimentation. Problem-based learning and cooperative-learning methods are applied in both the classroom and laboratory aspects of the course. In addition, some reflections and best practices are presented on how to encourage students to learn actively. Overall, a student-centered environment is proposed that aims to cultivate students' practical abilities and individual talents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-730
JournalJournal of chemical education
Issue number6
Early online date11 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2013


  • Second-Year Undergraduate
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Collaborative/Cooperative Learning
  • Problem Solving/Decision Making

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