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Course Details

Course Outline
  • Stereomicroscopy
    • Inspection and recording
    • Sample preparation
  • Polarized light microscopy (ordinary light)
    • Alignment
    • Illumination
    • Micrometry (sizing)
    • Morphology
    • Spot, solubility and microchemical tests
  • Polarized light microscopy (plane polarized light)
    • refractive index
    • pleochroism
  • Polarized light microscopy (crossed polarizers)
    • Crossed polarizers
    • Isotropic and anisotropic particles
    • Birefringence and Michel-Lévy Interference Color Chart
    • Compensation
    • Extinction type
    • optic sign
    • sign of elongation
  • Infrared microspectroscopy (FTIR)
  • Raman spectroscopy
  • Method integration
What You Will Learn
  • Methods and techniques for pharmaceutical contaminant identification
  • Microscopical methods of materials analysis
  • Stereomicroscopy and sample preparation
  • Polarized light microscopy
Who Should Enroll
  • Quality Control Scientists
  • Chemists
  • Pharmaceutical Scientists
Student Learning Resources
  • Detailed course manual
  • Olympus BX51 microscope for each student
  • SZX10 stereomicroscopes for each student
Suggested Prerequisites
  • Familiarity with pharmaceutical materials
  • Vendor or in-house training in use of polarizing microscope and infrared spectroscopy
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. In addition, the students are required to have 100% attendance during the course, participate in class, complete a student evaluation form and pre and post course assessment forms.

The student is 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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