1) To provide training to acquaint students with the proper use of instruments that are available within the department, including: NMR, FT-IR and UV/Vis spectrometers and the use of available software for data collection and manipulation. Each student is required to pass a proficiency test and submit their own spectra. In the case of X-Ray and SEM instruments demonstrations and tutorials will be provided by specialists.
2). Applications of computers in chemistry – this will introduce students to some chemistry software packages available within the department or online.
3) To introduce new post-graduate students to the concepts of scientific research, logical progression, methods of data collection and analysis, scientific writing and oral presentation, and research ethics.