Quality assurance of chemical analyses

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The primary goal of the course is to enable students to develop quality-assured analytical methods fit for purpose. The student must be able to assess the quality of analytical results and methods of analysis ased on their own assessments of the analytical method and quality assurance data. In addition, students can apply what they ave learned by preparing a validation/verification plan and carrying out typical steps in a chemical analysis such as sampling, sample preparation, instrumental analysis and reporting, so that the student understands how each individual step contributes to the measurement uncertainty of the analytical result. Students will gain insight into te validation and quality assurance of chemical methods of analysis as well as the traceability and measurement uncertainty of analytical results. The laboratory exercises uses modern analytical instrumentation and are carried out 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

  • can compare te quality infrastructure nationally, regionall and internationall and understand how the different part work together
  • can explain how standards, metrology, accreditation, conformity assessment and technical regulations interplay with analytical work in chemical analysis laboratories
  • can apply the principles of validation and verification
  • methods of chemical analysis as well as evaluate traceability and measurement uncertainty in analytical results
  • can analyze and explain how typical steps in a chemical analysis, such as sampling sample preparation, instrumental analysis and reporting contribute to uncertainty in the final result
  • can explain important routines in a modern accredited analysis laboratory



The student

  • can prepare, plan and omplement a plan for verification and validation to e able to assess whether a method is suitable for the object
  • can assess the quality of an analytical result based on knowledge of the analytical method and quality assurance data
  • can use common methods of quality assurance of chemical analses
  • can use common methods of sample preparation of beological material and selected modern laboratory equipment and instrumentation for chemical analysis


General competence

The student

  • understands the general principles of quality assurance and how the principles can be transferred and used in other contects
  • can apply basic statistical methods
  • can plan and perform accurate work in the laboratory and create collaboration in the laboratory
  • can create good laboratory routines, with special emphasis on safety and ensuring analytical quality in a laboratory
  • can use modern laboratory equipment and instrumentation for chemical analysis

Semester of Instruction

Autumn semester.

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

Place of Instruction

Institute of Marine Research.
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
BIO306 (10 stp)
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: 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

    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.
    Examination Support Material