Statistical Tools for Chemical Analysis, 6 credits (NKEB45)

Statistiska verktyg för kemisk analys, 6 hp

Main field of study

Chemical Engineering Chemistry


First cycle

Course type

Programme course


Maria Lundqvist

Director of studies or equivalent

Magdalena Svensson
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6KKEM Chemistry, Bachelor´s Programme 2 (Spring 2017) 2 2+4 Swedish Linköping o
6IKEA Chemical Analysis Engineering, B Sc in Engineering 2 (Spring 2017) 2 2+4 Swedish Linköping o

Main field of study

Chemical Engineering, Chemistry

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level


Course offered for

  • Chemistry, Bachelor´s Programme
  • Chemical Analysis Engineering, B Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.


General Chemistry

Intended learning outcomes

This course aims at giving the student a basic knowledge in statistical methods for use in chemistry related areas. It also trains the ability to use modern spreadsheet software for calculations and data presentation. After the course the student should:

  • be able to assess and handle uncertainties and errors related to chemical experiments
  • know how to collect, organize, evaluate, interpret and present data obtained from chemical analysis
  • know basic terminology in statistics and analytical chemistry
  • know basic statistics for data evaluation and be able to calculate and interpret the results of descriptive statistics and significance tests
  • know the basics of quality assurance and be able to use tools to monitor the quality of analytical measurements
  • be able to perform linear regression calculations in order to evaluate correlation and to construct calibration curves with estimates of errors
  • be able to use a spreadsheet software, for instance Microsoft Excel, for calculations using statistical methods and for data presentation


Course content

Basic terminology within analytical chemistry and statistics, statistics of repeated measurements, mean and standard deviation, confidence limits, statistical tests, ANOVA, calibration and linear regression, error propagation, methods for quality control. Microsoft Excel for calculations and data presentation, as well as for statistic evaluation of data from chemical experiments.

Teaching and working methods

Lectures, calculation exercises, laboratory exercises, computer exercises.


LAB1Laboratory workU, G2 credits
TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 54 credits
TEN!0 credits
LAB0 credits


Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Other information

Supplementary courses: Analytical Chemistry


Institutionen för fysik, kemi och biologi

Director of Studies or equivalent

Magdalena Svensson


Maria Lundqvist

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 46 h
Recommended self-study hours: 114 h

Course literature

Miller&Miller, Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry (6th ed.) Övrig litteratur delas ut i samband med föreläsningarna.
Miller&Miller, Statistics and Chemometrics for Analytical Chemistry (6th ed.) Övrig litteratur delas ut i samband med föreläsningarna.
LAB1 Laboratory work U, G 2 credits
TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 4 credits
TEN! 0 credits
LAB 0 credits

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