MODERN ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES - 2018/9
Module code: PHY3039
The module will introduce several of the most important analytical techniques used in the physics laboratory today and will discuss some of their applications in areas where physicists are playing an increasingly role such as cell biology, molecular electronics and semiconductor device engineering.
JUREWICZ I Dr (Physics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: X210
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
the basic physical mechanisms of the interaction between solid matter and electromagnetic radiation, electrons and ions. In addition the principles and usage of microprobes, electron spectroscopy techniques (AES and XPS), x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), light optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning tunnelling microscopy, thermo-mechanical characterisation techniques, ellipsometry , Raman spectroscopy and time-resolved optical spectroscopy.
The coursework component will involve the preparation and delivery of a Power Point presentation on a selected advanced topic related to recent breakthroughs in nanophysics, solid state physics or biophysics. Each group will carry out an extensive literature review on a given topic and subsequently prepare and present a 30 minute presentation on their findings. The presentation is expected to highlight the usefulness of advanced analytical techniques used by researchers in the given subject area.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination||END OF SEMESTER EXAMINATION - 1.5 HOURS||70|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:
· Understanding of the core principles behind each analytical technique covered.
· An ability to apply their understanding of the relevance of the techniques described to modern research described in the literature
· Good scientific communication skills
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
· a 1.5h final examination with 2 questions from 3 to be attempted
· a coursework component involving preparing and giving a 30m group presentation. The presentations will be given during week 7.
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will receive verbal feedback relating to the coursework element in a one-to-one meeting during week 08.
- introduce the student to a range of modern analytical techniques used in research laboratories to analyse matter.
|1||Explain the key concepts of and physical principles behind selected experimental methods||K|
|2||Interpret experimental evidence and display knowledge of the equipment constructions used in various experimental methods for investigating and characterising matter||CP|
|3||Evaluate the remit, the strengths and drawbacks of the various methods.||C|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 3
Independent Study Hours: 117
Lecture Hours: 27
Laboratory Hours: 3
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Develop student awareness of a broad range of experimental techniques available to the modern experimental physicist.
Using the coursework component, develop a range of skills such as teamwork and communication
The learning and teaching methods include:
Lectures (3 hours per week x 10)
Discussion groups (1 hour per week x 3)
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Programmes this module appears in
|Physics MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Astronomy BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Quantum Technologies BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics MPhys||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Quantum Technologies MPhys||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics MPhys||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Astronomy MPhys||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.