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CHEM6157 Introduction into Practical Aspects of NMR

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to provide students with a applied introduction into NMR. The module will provide a basic introduction into the theory behind NMR ranging from the vector model to a simple quantum mechanical description. The theoretical background will be supplemented with details on the basic structure of a NMR spectrometer and how data is acquired. This will include discussions on optimal signal acquisition and data processing as well as schemes for collecting multidimensional phase sensitive data. This will be supplemented with a 6h course on the basic operation and calibration of an NMR spectrometer.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • A theoretical background (classical description) of nuclear magnetic resonance and magnetic resonance imaging.
  • An understanding of how spectrometers work.
  • Principles underlying the optimal acquisition and processing conditions.
  • A practical understanding of how to setup, conduct and analyse NMR experiments.


Students will be provided with a basic introduction to NMR theory, providing them with a foundation with which to understand basic NMR experiments. The student will be expected to understand the basic function of a NMR spectrometer describing the role of the basic components and how they function to give a NMR signal. The students will be introduced to the principles behind signal acquisition and processing as well as schemes for the phase sensitive detection of multidimensional data sets. These learning objectives will be supported by a basic practical training programme where students will learn how the basic operation of an NMR spectrometer and how it is calibrated.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Students will have 18h worth of lectures, covering the theoretical aspects of the course. This will be supplemented with a 6h practical period on the basic operation of a modern NMR spectrometer. During the practical course students will be expected to: 1) Learn how to prepare samples. 2) Setup up the spectrometer, shimming the magnet and calibrating rf pulses. 3) Acquire and process a basic 1D and 2D data set.

Independent Study80
Completion of assessment task46
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Multiple choice question 40%
Report 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%
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