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Upcoming Dates

September 24, 2018 to September 24, 2018

Credits: .5 | Pricing: $250 | Instructor: Thomas J. Schaefer
8:00AM - 5:00PM

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Course Outline

Components of the microscope

Koehler illumination set-up

How to use the microscope

Illumination techniques and types of filters

Calibration and micrometry

Basic Care and cleaning

What You Will Learn

Upon satisfactory completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Identify the major components of the microscope and describe the function of each
  • Discuss the role of Koehler illumination in microscopy and adjust a microscope for Koehler-like illumination
  • Properly set up the microscope for use
  • Describe how to correctly focus the microscope to obtain the best image
  • Identify and set up appropriate illumination 
  • Use an ocular micrometer to measure specimens viewed with the microscope
  • Troubleshoot problems commonly encountered when using a microscope
Student Learning Resources
  • Essentials of Polarized Light Microscopy by John Gustav Delly
  • Olympus BX51 microscope with polarized light capabilities
  • SZX10 stereomicroscope for each student
  • The McCrone Atlas of Microscopic Particles, a free online reference aid to substance identification.
  • Modern Microscopy, a free, peer-reviewed online journal for the professional microscopist.
  • All instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of this course will be provided onsite by the Hooke College of Applied Sciences. 
Who Should Enroll

Individuals who have little or no experience with properly using an advanced industrial or research grade microscope. 

Users who recognize that they and their work, will benefit from increasing their knowledge and proficiency with a microscope. 

Teachers and students who want to enhance their teaching/learning by getting the most form the tools and instruments they use.

Satisfactory Completion Requirements

Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. Students are notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:

  • 100% attendance
  • class participation
  • completion of all course material
  • completed and signed student evaluation form

Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or CEU credits.

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