MODERN ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES - 2017/8

Module code: PHY3039

Module provider

Physics

Module Leader

JUREWICZ I Dr (Physics)

Number of Credits

15

ECT Credits

15

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

X210

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 3

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 27

Laboratory Hours: 3

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination END OF SEMESTER EXAMINATION - 1.5 HOURS 70%
Coursework COURSEWORK 30%

Alternative Assessment

None.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module overview

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.

Module aims

introduce the student to a range of modern analytical techniques used in research laboratories to analyse matter.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Explain the key concepts of and physical principles behind selected experimental methods K
Interpret experimental evidence and display knowledge of the equipment constructions used in various experimental methods for investigating and characterising matter CP
Evaluate the remit, the strengths and drawbacks of the various methods. C

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

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.

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)


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.

 

 

Assessment Strategy

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.

 

Reading list

Reading list for MODERN ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/phy3039

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 2017/8 academic year.