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Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques

Description
Why was this course developed?
The Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques was developed based on an analysis of the importance of the pharmaceutical and related industries in Ireland and within the South-East region and also using information generated from the Wales Ireland Network for Scientific Skills (WINSS) Scientific Survey from a large number of pharmaceutical/biotechnology, medical device and food companies. One of the outputs from this survey indicated that 35% of the companies surveyed require training in spectroscopic techniques. Recognising this demand, the Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques was devised to provide advanced level training and address this skills deficit.

This programme will provide the student with an advanced understanding of the theory, practices and instrumentation associated with advanced spectroscopic techniques. The techniques covered include molecular (UV-Vis, IR, Raman, NMR, MS) and atomic (AAS, ICP OES) spectroscopies, focusing on state-of-the-art developments in their practices and instrumentation, as well as issues to deal with the spectroscopic identification of samples in complex matrices. The learner will be exposed to the application of advanced separation techniques in a wide range of environments focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on applications in the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries.

What are the learning outcomes?
On successful completion of this module, a student will be able to:
1.Explain the principles, practices and instrumentation associated with advanced spectroscopic techniques.
2.Resolve sample preparation issues relating to the use of advanced spectroscopic techniques.
3.Resolve method development issues concerned with mass spectrometry and related hyphenated techniques.
4.Competently operate and calibrate associated laboratory instrumentation for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sample analyses.
5.Employ appropriate advanced data analysing, synthesising and summarising skills in spectroscopic techniques.
6.Critically appraise spectroscopic literature and identify future trends in this area.

How is this course delivered?
•The Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques programme is taught using a block approach on a part-time basis to facilitate students in full-time employment.
•Since this course is also offered as one module of the two year MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management programme, the Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques is only offered once every two years. The course will next run in January 2020, subject to sufficient student numbers.
•Over the duration of the programme, students will be required to attend WIT for approximately 7 – 8 days from January to May.
•This programme will be delivered through a blend of lectures, tutorial sessions and laboratory practicals, as well as independent study. Students will be required to attend WIT for four days of lectures, in addition to three to four days of laboratory practicals. Some of the lecture material is delivered in an e-learning capacity to facilitate distance learning.
•Continuous assessment will be carried out throughout the course of the programme.

Entry requirements

The Certificate in Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques programme is aimed at those already working in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and food industries. This programme is also suitable for students intending to/already undertaking postgraduate research study.

Advanced Spectroscopic Techniques Entry Requirements
•Applicants for entry to this Certificate course should hold a bachelor's degree at honours level minimum 2.2 (Level 8) in an appropriate subject area or equivalent qualification.

•In addition, in order to fully appreciate the industrial impact of the content of this programme, it has been deemed necessary to have a minimum of two years relevant industrial experience.

•Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT's English Language Requirements for details.

Duration

4 months part-time.

The programme is delivered through a blend of lectures, laboratory-based work and projects. For this single module 10 credit certificate, students will be required to attend WIT for two separate blocked two-day sessions in addition to a one-week laboratory session.

Number of credits

10

Careers or further progression

This course places a strong emphasis on the professional development of the graduate and is aimed at students already working in an industrial environment. Such a qualification will enable and facilitate career progression for graduates in the region.

Further study opportunities
This programme can be taken as a stand-alone Certificate worth 10 credits at level 9, or if the student wishes, they can use these credits towards the 60 credit Postgraduate Diploma in Analytical Science with Quality Management (WD 519) or the 90 credit MSc in Analytical Science with Quality Management (WD 520).

Further enquiries

Course Leader
Dr. Kathleen Grennan
BSc PhD - Lecturer
Phone: +35351302047
Email: kgrennan@wit.ie

Comment

Campus: Cork Road

Course fee

€850

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