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CH921 - Frontier Instrumental Techniques for Molecular Analytical Science

  • Module code: CH921
  • Module name: Frontier Instrumental Techniques for Molecular Analytical Science
  • 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 biophysical instrumentation, methods of data collection and the form the data takes. Issues of quality of data will be addressed and the students will be equipped with data sets for use in later modules.

Principal learning outcomes

Learning outcomes: SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING: Use biophysical techniques in structural characterisation of biomolecules. Understanding of instrument construction and origin of measured signal. Know what signal the instrument produces and how that is transformed into the out-put the user receives. Understand how the instrument output is used to deduce molecular structure. Understand signal:noise. KEY SKILLS: Ability to write reports on practicals undertaken. Able to present the results of research and workshops. Ability to coordinate an experiment in a small team. 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. SUBJECT SPECIFIC/PROFESSIONAL SKILLS: 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 biomolecular structure and interactions. Understanding of instrument output versus data file produced.

Timetabled teaching activities

"Lectures for the module 18 hours; Workshops for the module 4 hours; Laboratory sessions 16 hours; Total contact hours 38 hours; Module duration (weeks, if applicable) 5 weeks Other (please describe): e.g. distance-learning, intensive weekend teaching; All aspects will be supported by additional resource-based learning programmes and students own study (62 hours; Development and assessment of transferrable skills (20 hours) [12 CATS version only]."

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: CH921-10)
A (Assessed work only) Coursework 100%
12 CATS (Module code: CH921-12)
A (Assessed work only) Coursework 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Analytical and Polymer Science (F1PX) - Year 1
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