ENVS1123 Instrumental environmental analyses (3 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


This is laboratory course in which students learn pretreatment of environmental samples (extraction methods) and how to use high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatography (GC-FID and GC-MS), spectrophotometer and stable isotope mass spectrometer (SIRMS). In the course student learn how to identify organic compounds from chromatogram. Students keeps recods on their lab work by writing learning diary. In the course, student extracts organic compounds from given environmental samples and determine what kind of organic compounds their sample includes. Student prepare report of given sample and represent it to whole group after two weeks of working in laboratory.

Learning outcomes


  • knows diffferent pretreatment and analysing techniques, and the importance of the quality assuarance of his/hers own working. 
  • knows which kind equipment is needed in a certain problems for analysation. 
  • understands the limits and possibilities of different measuring methods.

Additional information

Working in the laboratory will be done in pairs.

Description of prerequisites

The prerequisite for the course are adequate basic knowledge from organic chemistry and environmental chemmistry. BENS5115 or equivalent.

Compulsory prerequisites

Study materials

Material will be given in the course.

Completion methods

Method 1

Evaluation criteria:
Assessment is based on working in laboratory (25%), learning diary (25%), written report and presentation from given samples (50%).
Time of teaching:
Period 2
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Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (3 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Study methods:

Two weeks intensive course, which after own work is presented to whole group.