This sample preparation techniques course focuses on isolating, mounting, and handling 1-100 µm sized particles without the use of micromanipulators. Sample preparation techniques for isolating contaminants from liquids, solids, or surfaces are covered. Students spend more than 50% of class time practicing sample preparation under the supervision of the instructor. Some of the sample-handling supplies made in class are retained by the students for their own use.
Methods demonstrated and discussed include:
This course is part of our Industrial Microscopy Specialization.
See below for course outline and additional information.
The instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of classroom portion of this course will be provided by the Hooke College of Applied Sciences.
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:
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.
This course is part of the Industrial Microscopy Specialization program.
The program consists of attending four standard Hooke College of Applied Sciences (HCAS) courses with hands-on instruction and a 40 hour practicum study characterizing unknown samples.
After finishing the four courses, students complete a Capstone Project, which is a project that requires students to characterize and identify samples by integrating all of the skills learned during the four courses taken for the program. Those students who successfully complete the four courses and associated practicums, and a Capstone Project, earn an Industrial Microscopy Specialization.