Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will study the design, underlying physical principles, operation and applications of modern synchrotron light sources. Specifically, this subject will include an introduction to the production and properties of synchrotron light, storage ring systems found in modern synchrotron facilities, and the design and function of insertion devices, monochromators, X-ray optics and beam lines. A wide range of synchrotron-based experimental techniques and their applications will be explored including spectroscopy, microscopy and imaging techniques, diffraction and crystallography.

SchoolMolecular Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: SZHSMN, SMNT, PSMSC, or SZHSN


Incompatible subjectsPHY3SYN

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/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. Analyse, critically and reflect on contemporary issues in relation to synchrotron science and technology.
02. Critically review and analyse research data and interpret the results with reference to the scientific literature in order to develop appropriate conclusions and convey these in a written report.
03. Design and perform experiments using synchrotron techniques, equipment and software which produce conclusive and accurate results.
04. Describe the recent developments in the field of synchrotron techniques and identify areas which constitute interesting research problems. Apply research principles and methods applicable to the field of synchrotron science.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGrant van Riessen

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 11 - 20
One 4.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 20 and delivered via online.

WorkShopWeek: 11 - 22
One 3.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2-hour exam comprising short-answer questions (2,000-word equivalent)

N/ACentral examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2

Three written reports on a research, data analysis or advanced computing (3,500-word equivalent)

N/AReportIndividualNo45 SILO3, SILO4

Six online quizzes (1,000-word equivalent total)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo15 SILO1, SILO2