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Undergraduate Course: Advanced Topics in Chemical Physics (CHPH11004)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe Advanced Topics in Chemical Physics course will provide training in the fundamental theory of atomic, molecular, optical, and chemical physics, as well as cutting edge concepts and experimental techniques. The course will be taught as a mixture of lectures and tutorials, which provide the basic theory, as well as practical exercises/projects that provide insight into cutting-edge research topics.
Course description The first half of the course consists of 10 lectures that present the core material, and 2 tutorials that provide practical learning and training in problem solving. The second half of the course consists of three practical elements. First, a practical project in which the students develop a computer code to solve a problem and write up the results in a report. Second, an exercise in which students prepare an oral presentation based on a recent and relevant research paper. Third, a small-group exercise in which students develop a video presentation of one of the lecture topics. The various elements introduce specific analytical, computational, research planning, and practical techniques. Students will be assessed on their performance during the exercises and on their ability to communicate the results.

It is for MChemPhys and MChemPhysX students only.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Physical Techniques in Action Level 11 (CHEM11042)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 165 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In-course assessment including modelling exercise (40%), oral presentation of research paper (40%) and video about lecture topic (20%).
Feedback Feedback will be provided on the three assessment components of the course: direct feedback (coaching) as students complete their modelling exercise; verbal and written feedback on content and style of oral presentation on assigned topic; group feedback on video assignment.

Towards the end of the course, students will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback regarding all aspects of the course.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Solve problems in atomic, molecular, optical, and chemical physics.
  2. Critically analyse and interpret the results of original research, drawing and defending a set of conclusions.
  3. Present, at a professional level, the results of research in an appropriate format.
  4. Survey the scientific literature in a given field, and successfully summarise recent research progress in the form of a written article.
  5. Apply this range of research-skills to embark upon a programme of original research, working as a member of a team.
Reading List
Recommended Reading:
Physics of Atoms and Molecules, B.H. Bransden & C.J. Joachain (Pearson Education Ltd, 2nd ed. 2003)
Molecular Quantum Mechanics, P.W. Atkins & R.S. Friedman (Oxford Univ. Press, 5th Ed., 2010)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Develop professional research skills
2. Written and oral communication skills
3. Ability to work in teams
KeywordsATCP,chemical physics,advanced topics
Course organiserProf Eleanor Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 4729
Course secretaryMrs Moira Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4754
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