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Course Material - Junior Sophister Syllabus

The JS year consists of lectures, tutorials and practical delivered in modules, as listed below. Students receive training in communication skills within the practical module.

Sophister Course Handbook

The information on this webpage is also to be found in the N-PCAM Course Booklet 2016/17. This has information on course modules and progression regulations.



All modules are mandatory.

Junior Sophister Modules

Module CH3303 (5 ECTS) Physical Chemistry I

CH3303 - Quantum Mechanical Concepts in Physical Chemistry
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Group Theory

Module CH3304 (10 ECTS) Physical Chemistry II

CH3304 - Molecular Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics
  • Electrochemistry
  • Kinetics

Module CH3104 (5 ECTS) Inorganic Chemistry II

CH3104 - Solid State Materials
  • Inorganic Polymers
  • Structural Inorganic Chemistry
  • Characterisation techniques of solid state materials
  • Surface Science

Module CH3403 (5 ECTS) Interdisciplinary Module I

CH3403 - Analytical Methods
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Spectroscopy
  • Structural Methods in Inorganic Chemistry

Module PY3P01 (5 ECTS) Quantum Mechanics

  • Quantum Mechanics

Module PY3P02 (5 ECTS) Electromagnetic Interactions I

  • Electromagnetic Interactions I - Electromagnetic Theory & Quantum Optics & Lasers

Module PY3P03 (5 ECTS) Condensed Matter I

  • Condensed Matter I - Crystal Structure & Thermal & Electronic Properties

Module PY3P04 (5 ECTS) Condensed Matter II

  • Condensed Matter II - Magnetic Properties & Physics of Semiconductors

Module CH3093 (15 ECTS) Practical in Nanoscience and Advanced Materials

  • In this module students complete a number of advanced experiments in Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science. 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.

Students at work in the JS NPCAM laboratory:

Students at work in the JS NPCAM laboratory

Detailed information on the experiments in the Junior Sophister Nanoscience and Advanced Materials Laboratory are available to registered students only.

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 26 January 2017