Central Science Laboratory

CSL Graduate Certificate unit for 2017 (XGR504)

XGR 504 - Graduate Certificate in Research

Are you a newly enrolled RHD student that will be accessing instrumentation and staff in the Central Science Laboratory as part of your candidature in 2017 or beyond?

If yes, then you are strongly encouraged to enroll in the CSL elective unit “Advanced Analytical Techniques” (XGR504) offered in 2017 as part of the Graduate Certificate in Research program.

This unit has grown rapidly since introduction in 2011, and has proved a highly popular elective with Science and Health Science related candidates.  The CSL teaching team associated with this unit was acknowledged with a UTAS Teaching Merit Certificate in 2013.  

The unit is also open to existing HDR candidates (enrolled prior to 2017) seeking to increase their understanding of modern analytical instrumentation.

Commencing on Thursday 30th March, this unit includes an introductory two-day overview of CSL capabilities followed by two practical hands-on electives (of two days duration each). Topics to be covered include:

  • Organic Mass Spectrometry
  • Stable Isotope Mass Spectrometry
  • Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microanalysis
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Proteomics Mass Spectrometry
  • Vibrational Spectroscopy
  • NMR Spectroscopy
  • ICP Mass Spectrometry

Following introductory lectures candidates select their practical areas of interest, typically aligned to their individual research requirements. During the elective component(s) students work in the laboratory with recognised specialists and are introduced to (amongst others) the technique, the principles of operation, the pros-and-cons of the methodology, issues related to sample preparation, instrument maintenance, data interpretation, as well as specific application areas.

Enrolment is easy! Log onto eStudent and add XGR504 to your X5A study plan.

For further information about the Graduate Certificate in Research program visit http://www.utas.edu.au/research/graduate-research/current-candidates/training-support-services

For further information about the Central Science Laboratory visit



Brooke Vanderlaan, Graduate Skills Unit, (GradCert.Research@utas.edu.au).  

- For administrative enquiries about enrolling for this unit or eligibility aspects

A/Prof Ashley Townsend, Unit Coordinator, CSL (Ashley.Townsend@utas.edu.au).

- For all other enquires regarding unit content

Published on: 14 Dec 2016 1:31pm