Module Title:   Thermal Analysis

Module Credit:   10

Module Code:   LIF4010M

Academic Year:   2015/6

Teaching Period:   Semester 2

Module Occurrence:   A

Module Level:   FHEQ Level 7

Module Type:   Standard module

Provider:   Life Sciences (School-Wide)

Related Department/Subject Area:   Life Sciences (Faculty-wide)

Principal Co-ordinator:   Dr Richard Telford

Additional Tutor(s):   Dr Tasnim Munshi, Dr Colin Seaton, Dr Phil Davies, Dr Simon Gaisford

Prerequisite(s):   None

Corequisite(s):   None

To provide you with specialist knowledge in the principles of thermal analysis, instrumental fundamentals, design and sample preparation. Including case studies related to applications in specialist areas and recent advances.

The specialist knowledge is reinforced by the `hands on` practical component and will include use of the analytical centre instruments, collecting and analysing data, troubleshooting and method development/enhancement. The practical sessions will also involve following written experimental protocols, working in a small group, and working to deadlines.

Learning Teaching & Assessment Strategy:
This module will be presented as a series of lectures and workshops/laboratory sessions over a 3 day period. This method of delivery will enable you to work alongside co-participants who will be taking this module as part of continuing professional development or research training.

The lectures in the first part of each day will describe sample preparation and instrumental techniques covering the basic fundamentals to recent developments. The lectures will include case studies relating to the themes of the masters course in Analytical Sciences. The lectures will be followed in the afternoon by bookable workshops and hands-on sessions with relevant samples. Formative progress tests will be used to revise content of previous day with feedback and questions from students.

The assessment will be used to assess your learning and to enable you to demonstrate your instrumental and interpretation skills.

Lectures:   9.00          Directed Study:   82.00           
Seminars/Tutorials:   0.00          Other:   0.00           
Laboratory/Practical:   9.00          Formal Exams:   0.00          Total:   100.00

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

1.1 Evaluate and apply knowledge and understanding of the theories of thermal analysis, including sample preparation and analysis.

1.2 Evaluate recent advances in the subject area.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

2.1 Manipulate samples for selection, preparation and analysis.

2.2 Analyse, interpret and critically review experimental data generated with thermal analysis techniques.
2.3 Identify poor quality analytical results and suggest/apply remedial action.

On successful completion of this module you will be able to...

3.1 Apply skills in problem solving and written communication.

  Laboratory Report   100%
  Lab Report (2000 words) detailing the analysis of sample(s) and critical analysis of data.

Supplementary Assessment:
As Original

Outline Syllabus:
Module introduction. Thermal methods: principles, instrumentation, calibration and sample preparation, thermogravimetry (inclusing including evolved gas analysis) and differential scanning calorimetry - fundamentals and applications of thermal analysis. Effects of experimental conditions and measurement of various transitions. Interpretation and presentation of data.

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