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Advanced Analytical Techniques (CSL) XGR504

For Higher Degree Research Candidates - an elective in the Graduate Certificate in Research.

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XGR504 will provide the postgraduate researcher with a greater understanding of the diversity, capability and applicability of the specialist analytical equipment housed within the Central Science Laboratory (CSL). The unit will include an introductory overview of CSL capabilities followed by two instrument focussed practical/workshop based electives. During the elective candidates will work in the laboratory and be introduced to the techniques, principles of operation, issues related to the methodology, sample preparation, instrument maintenance, and data interpretation. Where possible students will be encouraged to bring along their own samples for analysis. Key focus will also be given to safety aspects with students expected to prepare appropriate risk assessments.


Unit name Advanced Analytical Techniques (CSL)
Unit code XGR504
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
College Office - CSE
Discipline Central Science Laboratory
Coordinator Doctor Thomas Rodemann
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Full Year Period On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Full Year Period 26/2/2024 17/4/2024 24/6/2024 20/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate a broad range of modern analytical instrumentation relating to individual research projects.
  • Describe theoretical principles of selected techniques.
  • Apply sample preparation requirements of selected techniques, at both general and application specific levels.
  • Discuss and/or display basic operational procedures associated with selected techniques.
  • Interpret generated data or spectra of selected techniques, commensurate with an early user.
  • Critique the role of selected techniques within the context of current literature and research project design.

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



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Teaching Pattern

Starts on March 30 and 31 with a face-to-face two-day workshop that will introduce the different analytical techniques that will be covered by this unit. This workshop will take place on the Sandy Bay campus, will be catered and will allow for plenty of interaction between students and teaching staff. The two days will also be available online for those students that are unable to attend.

Practical electives, which take place in the laboratories of the CSL on the Sandy Bay Campus, will occur on 4 days between April-July, dates TBC.

AssessmentAssessment task 1a - Short essay Assessment task 1b (10%)|Assessment task 2a - Practical Assessment or Assessment task 2b - Short essay (30%)|Assessment task 3a - Longer essay Assessment task 3b - Longer essay, research proposal format (60%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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