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NPCAM Junior Sophister Syllabus

Building on the foundation courses taken in the Fresher years, students follow in-depth courses across the spectrum of modern physics, chemistry and materials science in Sophister years. The JS year consists of lectures, tutorials and practical delivered in modules, as listed below (click the list to expand it). Students also receive training in communication skills within the practical module. All modules are mandatory.

The final Moderatorship mark or degree mark for students is based upon both the SS year mark and a carry forward from the JS year mark. The SS year mark contributes 65% and the JS year mark contributes 35% of the final Moderatorship mark.

  • JS Modules (60 ETCS)
  • Physics (20 ECTS)

    Chemistry (40 ECTS)

    • PY3P01- Quantum Physics I

      This module covers solution of the Schrödinger Equation in specific topics, such as angular momentum and the hydrogen atom. (S1, 5 ECTS)
    • PY3P02- Electromagnetic Interactions I

      This module covers the fundamentals of electromagnetic theory together with quantum optics and lasers. (S1, 5ECTS)
    • PY3P03- Condensed Matter I

      This module introduces condensed matter concepts such as crystal structure and thermal and electronic properties of matter. (S1, 5ECTS)
    • PY3P04- Condensed Matter II

      This module extends the discussion of condensed matter into the key areas of magnetic properties and the physics of semiconductors.(S2, 5ECTS)
    • CH3303-Quantum Mechanical Concepts in Physical Chemistry

      This module deals with quantum mechanics, spectroscopy and group theory.(S1, 5 ECTS)
    • CH3403- Analytical Methods

      This module deals with both the fundamental principles and application of spectroscopic and other characterisation techniques. Topics such as analytical chemistry, organic spectroscopy and structural methods in inorganic chemistry will be covered. (S1, 5ECTS)
    • CH3304- Molecular Thermodynamics and Kinetics

      This module deals with thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, electrochemistry and kinetics. (S2, 10ECTS)
    • CH3104- Solid State Materials

      This module covers topics such as inorganic polymers, structural inorganic chemistry, synthetic methodologies and characterisation techniques of solid state materials.(S2, 5ECTS)
  • Practicals
  • CH3093 - JS Practical Training for Nanoscience, Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials Students

    In this module students complete a number of advanced experiments in Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science, as well as exposure to the fundamental tools of modern nanoscience. A part of this experimental education in nanoscience and advanced materials is training in the modern tools and instrumentation used in the state of the art facilities available in CRANN. Minor components include training in communication skills both oral and writtn, personal and career development and attendance at School Seminars. The weighting of laboratories is 88%. Minor components include training in communication skills, personal and career development and attendance at School Seminars with a weighting of 12%.(S1&S2, 15 ECTS)

    Elements of the CH3093 Module

    • Part I:Practical Laboratory - 22 experimental laboratory sessions of 6 hours each. The laboratory includes a number of advanced experiments in Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science, as well as exposure to the fundamental tools of modern nanoscience in specific CRANN oriented experimental activities. The latter CRANN activities are two intensive days of training in techniques such as chemical vapour deposition growth of nanotubes and graphene, characterisation of the same by way of scanning and transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. More details of the practical laboratory component can be found on the local webpage for the JS nanoscience and advanced materials laboratory. Pictures of students participating in the partical labroatory and in the advanced nanoscience training in CRANN are pictured below.
    • Part II:Communication Skills - 18 lectures/workshops. These lectures or workshops will focus on the following topics: The effective communication of scientific results and ideas as written reports and oral presentations. The structure of a scientific article. The role of graphics and diagrams. Style and vocabulary. Addressing an audience. Use of slides and overheads. Class members will give a short seminar to the entire JS lab group and write an essay on topical issues in materials physics, materials chemistry or nanoscience.
    • Part III:School Seminars - 8 seminars. Students are obliged to attend a selected number of School of Chemistry and School of Physics seminars which are related to nanoscience, materials chemistry, materials physics or related areas. These seminars occur on Thursdays at 12 noon in the case of the School of Chemistry, or Fridays at 12 noon in the cae of the School of Physics.

    Assessment of the Practical Module

    The practical module, which is worth 20 ECTS credits, is assessed by way of continuous assessment with a weighting of 88% for the practical laboratory and a weighting of 12% for the combined other components. More detailed information on the assessment of the practical laboratory component can be found on the local webpage for the JS nanoscience and advanced materials laboratory.

  • Assessment & Examination Procedures
  • Students will be advised of the examinations in Semester 2. Modules in Physics and in Chemistry are examined according to the rules of the respective schools.


    Last updated 19 December 2017 NPCAM@tcd.ie.