Course syllabus

Analytical Microscopy and Sample Preparation
Analytisk mikroskopi och provberedning

FKMN30, 7.5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2024/25
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering LTH
Decided by: PLED M
Date of Decision: 2024-04-09
Effective: 2024-05-08

General Information

Depth of study relative to the degree requirements: Second cycle, in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
Elective for: M4, MPRR2, N5-m
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


This is a hands-on practical course on using analytical methods in optical and electron microscopy for characterizing the microstructure, local chemistry and crystallographic orientations as well as global texture in metallic materials and minerals. The course is recommended for PhD and final year Masters’ project students. Students should understand and acquire best practices on:

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U, 3, 4, 5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Practical examination on preparing own specimen and analysis using EDS / EBSD. Written report.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0121. Name: Analytical Microscopy and Sample Preparation.
Credits: 7.5. Grading scale: TH - (U, 3, 4, 5).


Assumed prior knowledge: FKMA01 Materials Engineering, Basic Course and FKMN20 Advanced Materials Technology.
The number of participants is limited to: 20
Selection: Completed university credits within the programme. Priority is given to students enrolled on programmes that include the course in their curriculum.

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Maria Messing,
Course coordinator: Prof. Dmytro Orlov,
Course administrator: Rose-Marie Hermansson,
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