Postgraduate Course: Optical spectroscopy (CHEM10063)
|School||School of Chemistry
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course aims to provide training in the principles and practice of optical spectroscopy. The course material covers key concepts relating to the interaction of light with matter and the application of spectroscopy as a key tool in Analytical Chemistry. The course forms a part of the curriculum for any student enrolled on the PGT MSc degree course in Analytical Chemistry.
The course consists of a blend of lectures, tutorials, workshops and hands-on experimental activities, which deal with the key concepts of optical spectroscopy and its application to real-world analytical challenges. The course aims to develop the students¿ ability think critically and creatively and solve analytical problems. Students will be assessed on their performance in an exam and on their performance in hands-on activities. The course topics include:
Introduction to light
UV-VIS absorption spectroscopy
- Fluorescence lifetime
- Single molecule
Use of polarised light
- Circular dichroism
- Raman (SERS, SORS, SERRS, TERS)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 12,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 18,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||50% Written Exam
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various types of spectroscopy and their application to real-world analytical chemistry challenges.
- Critically analyse spectroscopic literature, understand experimental data and report their findings to their peers.
- Build a spectrometer in response to a specific analytical challenge and understand the pros and cons of various choices required during this process.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Develop an understanding of how light interacts with matter.
Learn which types of spectroscopy are most suitable to solving which analytical chemistry problems.
Acquire an understanding of how a spectrometer works and how to build one.
|Course organiser||Dr Annamaria Lilienkampf
Tel: (0131 6)50 4812
|Course secretary||Ms Zoe Burger
Tel: (0131 6)50 7546