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NPCAM Senior Sophister Syllabus - to be updated

The SS year consists of lectures, tutorials and practicals delivered in modules, as listed below. A major component of the practical module is an independent research project, which may be carried out at a facility off-campus. A component of problem solving completes this module. All modules are mandatory.

Further information for registered SS PCAM students only is available on the local web page.

  • SS Modules (60 ETCS)
  • Physics (45 ECTS)

    Chemistry (15 ECTS)

    • PY4P03- Condensed Matter III

      This module, Semiconductor devices and Metal Physics and Superconductivity, covers metal physics and superconductivity together with semiconductor devices. (S2, 5 ECTS)
    • PY4P04- Nanoscience

      This module covers the modified properties of nanoscale matter, its fabrication and potential applications. (S2, 5ECTS)
    • PY4P06- Modern Optics

      This module, Photonics - Properties of Materials & Nonlinear Optics, covers optical properties of materials and nonlinear optics. (S2, 5ECTS)
    • PY4P07- Advanced Topics for Nanoscience

      This module, consists of specialist courses in a choice of two courses among the three currently available: polymer physics, thin films or diffraction, imaging, and spectroscopy of nanostructures. (S2, 5ECTS)
    • PY4NP1- Practical in Advanced Materials

      This module combines a major research project with a component of general problem-solving in physics and chemistry.(S1, 25ECTS)
    • CH4017-Advanced Physical Chemistry II

      This core module involves lectures in quantum chemistry and solid state chemistry. It encompasses units on quantum chemistry and solid state.(S2, 5 ECTS)
    • CH4601- Materials Chemistry 1

      This module involves courses in matter transfer and computational techniques. It encompasses units on Matter Transport in Solids and an introduction to static and dynamic atomistic simulation.(S2, 5ECTS)
      • CH4022 Matter Transport in Solids
      • CH4063 Simulation Techniques in Solids
    • CH4602- Materials Chemistry II

      This module involves lectures on photochemistry and organic polymers. It encompasses units on Photochemistry and Materials, and organic polymeric materials. (S2, 5ECTS)
  • SS Practical in Nanoscience
    • PY4MP1 - This module combines a major research project with components of general problem solving in Physics and Chemistry and Materials Science and in critical analysis of current topics of research in materials science. A complete description of the project and problem solving component is available on the module webpage and includes information on the assessment of these components through the project report and an annual examination.

    More details about these components, such as guidelines for the project are available on the SS local webpages, while details on the selection of the research project component are on the JS local webpages.

    Senior Sophister Research Project

    Every student in their Senior Sophister year, as part of the module PY4MP1, carries out a 12 week independent research project at an internationally recognised laboratory that specialises in aspects of nanoscience, advanced materials or semiconductor processing - typically outside of TCD. In most cases the project is pursued abroad in an academic or industrial research laboratory, and recent examples of laboratories where projects have taken place include the IMEC micro- and nano-electronics research centre in Leuven, Belgium; The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California; the University of Alberta, Canada, and the University of Wollongong, Australia, and the University of Potsdam (Universität Potsdam) Germany.

    More details about the Senior Sophister project component of PY4MP1 can be accessed here by registered students on the SS local webpages, including guidelines for the project report. Details on the selection of the research project component are on the JS local webpages as arrangements are made during the JS year for the project in the SS year.

  • Assessment and Examination Procedures
  • Students will be advised of the examination in Hilary Term. Modules in Physics and in Chemistry are examined according to the rules of the respective schools. A special paper on problem solving ability together with assessment of the research project contributes 25 ECTS in the ratio 30:70, respectively. The final Moderatorship mark includes a JS carry-forward of 35% with the SS mark contributing the remaining 65%. All students are requested to be available for interview during the visit of the external examiner. The External Examiner may require students to take a viva voce examination as part of the Moderatorship (Degree). The dates of the Moderatorship meetings and of these possible interviews will be notified to you.

  • Henderson-Lloyd Prize in Advanced Materials
  • This prize is awarded annually to the SS student who has achieved the highest score in the Moderatorship Examinations. Professors Brian Henderson and Robert Lloyd were instrumental in setting up the Materials degree programme in Trinity College Dublin.

    Last updated 19 December 2017