- Code EMSC8022
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Earth and Marine Science
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Geology
- Academic career PGRD
- Prof Gregory Yaxley
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2021
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This course has been adjusted for remote participants however attendance at on-campus activities is preferable.
This course provides students with advanced training in analytical techniques. This will include a detailed theoretical background, practical training and a critical understanding of the laboratory-based techniques they will apply during their research projects. The course will deliver an in-depth examination of the specific analytical techniques relevant to their research projects.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain the theoretical aspects of key analytical techniques and instruments used in geochemistry, including but not limited to electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, mass spectrometry and spectroscopy (including synchrotron techniques).
- Strategically plan analytical campaigns to apply to different types of samples and research objectives, including selection of the most appropriate technique/instrumentation for the students' research project.
- Undertake the correct sample preparation and characterization prior to analysis by the chosen techniques or instruments.
- Design an analytical work-flow to acquire data and achieve the research objectives of their project.
- Process data from the chosen instruments and demonstrate understanding of the limitations and quality of the data. Justify the approach taken to data processing.
- Write a clear and concise justification and description of the analytical techniques employed, suitable for publication in a scientific journal.
- Theory exam on lecture material (30) [LO 1]
- Oral presentation (30 minutes) to class outlining their proposed analytical campaign and justifying the approach to be taken and instrumentation to be used in terms of the research objectives (20) [LO 2,3,4]
- Present, in an appropriate form, a data set obtained in the lab exercises on an instrument to be used in the research project, and demonstrate data quality and limitations using appropriate statistical techniques (25) [LO 5]
- Present a written justification and description of the analytical techniques to be employed in the research project, suitable for publication in a scientific journal (25) [LO 6]
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A total of 30 hours of lectures and 35 hours of practicals. Students are expected to spend an additional 60 hours on work related to practicals and to prepare a report for the chosen analytical technique.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
An appropriate reading list will be supplied during the course
Basic knowledge of mathematics and chemistry.
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