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Course Specification





Faculty of Science- Department of Physics and Astronomy

Phys 456


Revised Jun 2010

Course Specification

Institution: King Saud University

College/Department : College of Sciences/ Department of Physics and Astronomy






A Course Identification and General Information

1. Course title and code: Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (Phys 456)

2. Credit hours: 2 hours per week
^

3. Program(s) in which the course is offered.

(If general elective available in many programs indicate this rather than list programs)


Physics

4. Name of faculty member responsible for the course




5. Level/year at which this course is offered

Fourth year

6. Pre-requisites for this course (if any)

(Phys 453)



7. Co-requisites for this course (if any)

-------------

8. Location if not on main campus

Main campus






B Objectives

  1. Summary of the main learning outcomes for students enrolled in the course.

a) The main purpose is to give to students with a background of basic quantum mechanics, statistical physics, optics, electromagnetic theory and mathematics:

- The correct concepts of Atoms and molecules.

b) The course will allow students a thorough understanding of electron configuration in many electron atoms and molecular structure.

c) Providing basic knowledge the interaction of many-electron atoms with magnetic fields, Zeeman Effect, Pachen-Bach Effect, Stark Effect.

d) Give some example of the spectroscopic techniques.







2. Briefly describe any plans for developing and improving the course that are being implemented. (eg increased use of IT or web based reference material, changes in content as a result of new research in the field)

- Explain strategy of the course in the beginning of the semester and the history

of lasers

- Develop materials and lessons from exercises on the site to be accessible by the students enrolled in the session

- Encourage the students to see more details in the international web sites and reference books in the library.

- Discussing some selected problems in each chapter.






^ C. Course Description (Note: General description in the form to be used for the Bulletin or Handbook should be attached)




1 Topics to be Covered




List of topics

No of

Weeks

Contact hours




Spin –Orbit Interaction in H-atom

Pauli Exclusion Principle.

Electron configuration in many electron atoms, Atoms with a valance electron , Atoms with two valance electrons (ℓℓ coupling, ss coupling , LS coupling and jj coupling),  

Hund’s Rule .

The interaction of many-electron atoms with magnetic fields, Zeeman Effect, Pachen-Bach Effect, Stark Effect.




5

10

Molecular Structure,

Electronic, vibrational and rotational energy levels of a diatomic molecule.



5

10

Spectroscopic techniques:

Optical spectroscopy ,

IR spectroscopy,

Raman spectroscopy,

Magnetic Resonance ,

Excitation Sources,

and data acquisition systems.

4

8













2 Course components (total contact hours per semester):

Lecture:

28

Tutorial:




Laboratory

--

Practical/Field work/Internship



Other:







3. Additional private study/learning hours expected for students per week. (This should be an average :for the semester not a specific requirement in each week)

^ Homework: 1 hours a week for revision of courses and training exercises




4. Development of Learning Outcomes in Domains of Learning

For each of the domains of learning shown below indicate:

  • A brief summary of the knowledge or skill the course is intended to develop;

  • A description of the teaching strategies to be used in the course to develop that knowledge or skill;

  • The methods of student assessment to be used in the course to evaluate learning outcomes in the domain concerned.

a. Knowledge

(i) Description of the knowledge to be acquired

^ To introduce concepts of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy.

- Classify by various criteria:

1- Atomic Spectroscopy: Spin –Orbit Interaction in H-atom , Pauli Exclusion Principle. Electron configuration in many electron atoms, Atoms with a valance electron , Atoms with two valance electrons (ℓℓ coupling, ss coupling , LS coupling and jj coupling),  Hund’s Rule . The interaction of many-electron atoms with magnetic fields, Zeeman Effect, Pachen-Bach Effect, Stark Effect.

^ 2- Molecular Spectroscopy: Molecular Structure, Electronic, vibrational and rotational energy levels of a diatomic molecule.

3- Spectroscopic techniques: Optical spectroscopy , IR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Magnetic Resonance , Excitation Sources, and data acquisition systems.




(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop that knowledge

-Discussion of the educational programme at the beginning of chapter: The manner and style that attract the enjoyment of winning the confidence of student

-Give student the opportunity to speak and the free expression to build his personality scientific away from the psychological contract

-Employ the information of technology and communications

-Ask questions to students during the beginning of lecture

-Foster Self-learning process permanently

-Enforce the methodology of Descartes: observation, hypothesis, experimentation, measurement, information gathering and processing, forecasting...

  1. Methods of assessment of knowledge acquired

  • To start the course by questions and discussion on the precedent course

  • First and second exam: 1 hour each exam

  • Final exam: 2 hours

  • Report research on one type of Spectroscopic methods:2 hours




(i) Description of cognitive skills to be developed

-Self-learning

- Note

- Assumption

- Experimentation

--Measurement

- Collect of the Information and processing

- The Understanding of the issues and know how to link the lesson

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these cognitive skills

    • Advise students to search on some of the mentioned technologies either on websites or in library and make reports.

    • Linking higher education to reality




  1. Methods of assessment of students cognitive skills

-Short tests
-Final Exam
-Reports
-Participate in the discussions during the lesson and interaction between


Students and lecturer

c. Interpersonal Skills and Responsibility

  1. Description of the interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility to be developed

-The ability to ask questions during the lesson and discussion with the teacher.
-Taking the initiative


- Search on the internet

- The students should know how to do that independently and through discussions with the others.




  1. Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills and abilities

-Forcing students in a group discussion.
-Give the students a chance to express their idea.


- Learn how to write reports some of them in English language.

- Develop his interest in Science through




(iii) Methods of assessment of students interpersonal skills and capacity to carry responsibility

-Direct assessment through the required results
-Self- interaction


d. Communication, Information Technology and Numerical Skills

(i) Description of the skills to be developed in this domain.

^ Communication with others: the lecturer – students in the class

IT through: the Internet – computer skills

Numerical skills through: solving problems- computation – data analysis – feeling physical reality of results.




(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills

^ Advise the students to: help each other in education - communicate with the lecturer to discuss difficulties.

Asking for solving some problems and recalculating some examples.




(iii) Methods of assessment of students numerical and communication skills

^ Evaluating the laboratory written report research

Discussing reports on: problems solved - internet search

Exams

e. Psychomotor Skills (if applicable) not applicable

(i) Description of the psychomotor skills to be developed and the level of performance required

^ Not applicable

(ii) Teaching strategies to be used to develop these skills

Not applicable

(iii) Methods of assessment of students psychomotor skills

^ Not applicable







5. Schedule of Assessment Tasks for Students During the Semester




Assessment

Assessment task (eg. essay, test, group project, examination etc.)

Week due

Proportion of Final Assessment

1




Exam I

6

20%

2



Exam II

12

20%




3




^ Home Work and Report Research

14

10%

4




Final exam

15

50%



D. Student Support




1. Arrangements for availability of faculty for individual student consultations and academic advice. (include amount of time faculty are available each week)










Office hours 1 hour per week and help sessions 1 hour per week












^
E Learning Resources




1. Required Text(s)

Physics of Atomic and Molecules, B.H. Bransden and C.J. Joachain, Prentice Hall, 2nd edition, 2003.




2. Essential References




3- Recommended Books and Reference Material (Journals, Reports, etc) (Attach List)




* There are Several books available at the Central Library of King Saud University

* Give references as needed and research topics requested from the student.




4-.Electronic Materials, Web Sites etc

* Wikipedia

* web site of teacher and others web sites




5- Other learning material such as computer-based programs/CD, professional standards/regulations




^ Give CD loaded from the website (Internet) and others by teacher to students who can not access the Internet







F. Facilities Required




Indicate requirements for the course including size of classrooms and laboratories (ie number of seats in classrooms and laboratories, extent of computer access etc.)

1. Accommodation (Lecture rooms, laboratories, etc.)




  • Lecture room capacity of 20 students

  • Library







2. Computing resources




No

* Scientific calculator

3. Other resources (specify --eg. If specific laboratory equipment is required, list requirements or attach list)

No







G Course Evaluation and Improvement Processes




1 Strategies for Obtaining Student Feedback on Effectiveness of Teaching

- Student evaluation electronically organized by the University

- Polls of students on the quality of teaching
-The opinion of students on the quality of teaching


- The views of teachers




2 Other Strategies for Evaluation of Teaching by the Instructor or by the Department




^ There is a departmental committee to evaluate the study plans and schedules section




3 Processes for Improvement of Teaching

- Research report

-To encourage self-learning.
- To Sensitize students on the usefulness of learning
- To know how Benefit from the experiences of other
- To take Permanent learning process








4. Processes for Verifying Standards of Student Achievement (eg. check marking by an independent faculty member of a sample of student work, periodic exchange and remarking of a sample of assignments with a faculty member in another institution)




-To Conduct standardized tests and exam




5 Describe the planning arrangements for periodically reviewing course effectiveness and planning for improvement.

- Planning by the competent committees

- Development of the course program, according to allocate students
- Modernization (updating) of References
- Specify the objectives depending on the speciality and the labour market


- Student evaluation , Course report , Program report , Program Self study












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