After the course you will be able to:
· Understand the basics of common analytical tools
· Design and conduct analytical experiments (qualitative and quantitative) based on research questions
· Analyse experimental data critically and use the outcomes to further adjust experiments in order to answer your research questions convincingly
· Present (spoken and written) experimental data in a scientific manner
Keywords: chromatography, spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, NMR, method validation, lab book, lab safety, design and conduct experiments, chemical calculations, data handling, statistics, reproducibility
In this course, which is combined with FA-CPS222 OR FA-CPS223, you will learn a few basic analytical tools and you are challenged to design methods using these tools in order to investigate three alleged crime scenes. Three casualties will be reported and samples will be available in order to solve the problem: what happened to these people? The projects will be introduced during the course. As in real life, not all information will be available from the start of the CSI cases. Additional information will become available as the projects progress. You have to design and carry out all your experiments in small teams (approx. 4 students). Meetings have been scheduled to explain your plans in order to get feedback from teachers and fellow students. Supervisors will be available during the experiments, however, your experiments have to be well prepared and written down in your laboratory notebooks.
Besides the design and performance of experiments, you will have lectures and seminars.