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CH922 - Microscopy and Imaging

  • Module code: CH922
  • Module name: Microscopy and Imaging
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Credit: 10, 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To introduce students from a range of different backgrounds to the latest techniques for high resolution bioimaging and image processing. In each case, a comprehensive understanding of a microscopy technique will be motivated by the theory of how an image is formed in the instrument and what determines its resolution and quality. A practical on image processing will range from everyday tasks that students encounter when working with images of different sources to more advanced techniques of quantitative imaging.

Principal learning outcomes

(a) Subject knowledge and understanding: Understand imaging techniques and their application in structural and chemical characterisation of biophysical systems on a wide range of length scales and environments; What signal the instrument produces and how that is transformed into the out-put the user receives; How the instrument output is used to deduce biophysical information, particularly on structure, properties and dynamics; How to improve signal:noise, sample environment and resolution (space and time).How images are formed and methods for their quantitative analysis. (b) Key Skills: Know how a wide range of different types of microscopes work. Know how to prepare samples and collect data for each technique studied; Know how to analyse data from each technique; Know how to use the data to deduce structure, interactions, and dynamics; Ability to write reports on practicals undertaken; Able to present the results of research to the class; Ability to coordinate an experiment in a small team. (c) Cognitive Skills: The key challenge for this module is for mathematical scientists to be able to collect experimental data and for physical scientists to understand the mathematical processes of data manipulation.(d) Subject-Specific/Professional Skills: Faced with a new problem, students will be capable of choosing the most appropriate method and be able to analyse data and understand the type of information that the technique provides.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures for the module 16 hours; Seminars for the module 8 hours; Workshops for the module 3 hours; Laboratory sessions 20 hours; Total contact hours 47 hours;

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: CH922-10)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
locally Adminstered Exam 50%
12 CATS (Module code: CH922-12)
C (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 50%
locally Adminstered Exam 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (B91Z) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Scientific Research and Communication (F1PE) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Analytical Science: Methods and Instrumental Techniques (F1PG) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Analytical Science: Methods and Instrumental Techniques (F1PG) - Year 3