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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 an introduction to advanced 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 course consists of introductory MatLab workshops, exercises and a related project, lectures that present the core theoretical and experimental material and tutorials that provide training in problem solving. There are also two additional practical elements. Firstly, an exercise in which students prepare a pedagogical oral presentation based on a recent and relevant research paper. Secondly, a small-group exercise in which students develop a video presentation of one of the lecture topics. The various elements introduce specific computational, problem-solving and communication skills. Students will be assessed on their performance in the MatLAB project, tutorial hand-ins and the oral and video presentations.

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 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 4, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 147 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In-course assessment including MatLab project (20%), tutorial hand-in exercises (20%), oral presentation of research paper (40%) and group video assignment (20%).
Feedback Feedback will be provided on the four assessed components of the course: direct feedback (coaching) as students complete their MatLab workshops and exercises; verbal and written feedback on the MatLab project report, tutorial hand-in exercises and the content and style of oral presentation on assigned topic; group feedback on video assignment.
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. Use MatLAB to carry out calculations and data analysis.
  3. Critically analyse and interpret results presented in the literature.
  4. Survey the scientific literature in a given field, and successfully summarise recent research progress in the form of an oral presentation.
  5. Prepare a video presentation on a relevant chemical physics topic as part of a small 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. Develop oral communication skills
3. Ability to work in teams
KeywordsATCP,chemical physics,advanced topics
Course organiserProf Eleanor Campbell
Tel: (0131 6)50 4729
Course secretaryMr Craig Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4710
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