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Course_thumb Developing expertise in teaching chemistry: Analytical chemistry Course
Royal Society of Chemistry

This course looks at analytical chemistry, from the introduction of core ideas to addressing common misconceptions. It includes access to a range of activities and resources to support students' learning.

£50.00 (no VAT on this item) for non-members
£37.50 (no VAT on this item) for Learn Chemistry Partnership schools
£25.00 (no VAT on this item) for Royal Society of Chemistry members
(Duration: 9 hours)


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Stated learning outcomes for this course

Our courses are designed to give you an in-depth understanding of key concepts in teaching chemistry. Each course can be completed at your own pace, giving you time to try out new strategies and activities in your classroom before progressing further. The course will allow you to learn about the key concepts in that area and access ideas and resources to enhance your classroom teaching.

You walk into a chemistry lab and pick up a bottle labelled magnesium oxide. You assume the label matches the identity of the powder inside, but how would you make sure? Welcome to the world of analytical chemistry. Analytical chemistry is fundamental to our understanding of the world around us. Beginning with the classification of substances into elements, compounds and mixtures, we will be delving into analytical techniques ranging from chromatography to chemical tests to advanced instrumental techniques. Analytical chemistry brings together many aspects of the chemistry syllabus as the separation and identification of a compound requires an understanding of its unique chemistry. Much like detective work, analytical chemistry involves collecting and piecing together the evidence. ‚Äč

The course not only provides you with the core content that you need to teach, but also takes you through common student misconceptions, experimental techniques and interesting stimuli for discussion and developing each topic further.

After working through this module, you will be able to:

  • understand the core ideas in analytical chemistry;
  • explain the progression and development of analytical chemistry through secondary education;
  • identify common misconceptions in students' thinking and explore how these misconceptions can be addressed; and
  • access a wide variety of resources to help students learn about analytical chemistry in an engaging manner.


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