Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you will explore solid material surfaces and inter faces, which are key to modern manufactured materials and devices. You will investigate the elemental, chemical and molecular properties of materials relevant to adhesion, biocompatibility and environmental protection, sensing and devices . You will investigate industrially important characterisation and data analysis techniques including surface analytical techniques, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, and Auger Electron Spectroscopy, and related synchrotron techniques.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPaul Pigram

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into one the following course: SHS,SZHSMN ,SNMT or PSMSC or must have Course Co-ordinator approval to enrol in this subject


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Practical Surface Analysis: Auger and X-ray PES

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorBriggs, D., and Seah, M. P.


Edition/Volume2nd Ed

PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Modern techniques of

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorWoodruff, D. P. and Delchar, T. A.



PublisherCambridge University Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically review the published scientific literature regarding a given current topic in surface science.
02. Describe and explain the operation and function of key surface science instrumentation and software.
03. Interpret and analyse data acquired during demonstrations of surface science laboratory experiments in order to demonstrate competence in data analysis
04. Demonstrate a professional competence in communicating key findings from experimental investigations and research of the current literature.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPaul Pigram

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 32 - 43
One 3.00 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Three individual practical reports (1300 word equiv each)

N/AReportIndividualNo70 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One essay related to oral presentation (1000 word equiv.)

N/AOtherIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO4

One 10-minute oral presentation (1000 word equiv)

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO4