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CH50100: Postgraduate training module

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 70%, OT 30%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 70%)
  • Other (OT 30%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The unit will provide training in three important techniques - X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy - that are essential to the modern research chemist.

Learning Outcomes:
After completing this unit, students should
* have gained a basic understanding of crystallographic detail as reported in primary literature.
* be familiar with CIF and RES file formats.
* be competent with crystallographic display software that enables calculation of derived structural parameters from structural data files.
* be able to generate publication quality molecular and lattice packing plots for crystal structures.
* understand the importance of mass spectrometry as an analytical tool, along with an appreciation of the application areas where it is used.
* be able to explain the basic operation mechanisms of several modern mass spectrometric analysers
* be able to interpret a basic mass spectrum in positive and negative mode, including simple fragmentation patterns.
* understand the principles of how pulsed NMR works, using the vector model.
* understand common problems encountered in the day-to-day acquisition and processing of NMR spectra, how to solve them, and therefore how to achieve more satisfactory results.
* have a knowledge of advanced NMR methods, with a focus on recently developed techniques.
* present a talk focusing on the uses of one of these techniques.
* communicate an understanding of the techniques to someone with the background understanding of a first year undergraduate student.

Data handling and analysis (T, F, A); Problem solving (T, F, A); Independent working (F); Oral communication (F, A): poster presentation (F, A).

9 lectures (3 each) on the techniques - X-ray crystallography, mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy. 'Hands on' training and directed reading.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH50100 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.