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Postgraduate Course: Optical spectroscopy (CHEM10063)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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 spectroscopy
- Fluorescence
- FRET
- Fluorescence lifetime
- Single molecule
Use of polarised light
- Fluorescence
- Circular dichroism
Vibrational spectroscopy
- Infrared
- Raman (SERS, SORS, SERRS, TERS)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( 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 64 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% Written Exam
50% Coursework/practical
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various types of spectroscopy and their application to real-world analytical chemistry challenges.
  2. Critically analyse spectroscopic literature, understand experimental data and report their findings to their peers.
  3. Build a spectrometer in response to a specific analytical challenge and understand the pros and cons of various choices required during this process.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
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.
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Annamaria Lilienkampf
Tel: (0131 6)50 4812
Email: Annamaria.Lilienkampf@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Zoe Burger
Tel: (0131 6)50 7546
Email: zoe.burger@ed.ac.uk
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