CEM6882 - Transmission electron microscopy - 2018

0 points, SCA Band 2, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Nick Birbilis


Assoc Professor Matthew Weyland

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


This course is only available to those students whose research project requires training for independent operation of the transmission electron microscope (TEM) within the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy (MCEM). This requirement will be determined by MCEM staff during a new user interview, which also must be attended with their research supervisor(s) before enrolment. Students should refer to the access section of the MCEM website to arrange a new user interview.

Students must also attend a MCEM new user induction and sign the MCEM Safety Induction Checklist and User Agreement.


The transmission electron microscope (TEM) provides the unique ability to characterise materials at the nanometre and atomic length scales. This course is designed to offer both theoretical and practical training in operating a TEM, for those who need the technique for their research. The emphasis is to arm students with the skills necessary to both effectively operate the instrument and make meaningful conclusions regarding the results generated.


Upon successful completion of this unit, the learner will be able to:

  1. Safely and independently operate a Transmission electron microscope (TEM) at MCEM.
  2. Understand how to tune microscope parameters to match the information required from their specimens.
  3. Confidently be able to interpret the results from bright field TEM images and diffraction patterns.
  4. Be able to prepare samples for loading into the instrument.


Students must pass both experimental evaluation and examination components to pass this unit

Experimental evaluation (microscope license test, and final report): 50%

Examination - open and closed book tests (delivered by Moodle): 50%

Workload requirements

The minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 120 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities, independent study and independent operation of instruments. The unit requires on average one or two hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of lectures, seminars, small group practical training, one-to-one practical training and online engagement.

Timetables for each learner will depend on the date they commence training, the availability of experimental facilities and individual progression. Learners will be provided with timetables by teaching staff.

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