P867: Modernizing the analytical laboratory: Blurring the line between Quant and Instrumental
Much has been written about the evolution of the traditional quantitative analysis course and efforts to modernize the introductory analytical laboratory. In an effort to update the analytical experience at Concordia College, we have developed a course in which the laboratory component is entirely instrument-based, yet still maintains many of the same features of the traditional quant lab. In the first half of the course, students rotate through a series of experiments using modern instrumentation for the quantitative analysis of an unknown sample. The second half of the course then consists of students carrying out projects of their own choosing, culminating with the publication of their work in our own online journal. Important features of the course include an online lab manual, open lab periods, and electronic laboratory notebooks. Details of both the lecture and laboratory portions of the course will be presented, along with student response, as well as how the course has affected the approach to the traditional instrumental methods course that follows.