Identifying Data 2019/20
Subject (*) Physics of Soft Matter, Interfaces Code 730495013
Study programme
Mestrado Universitario en Materiais Complexos: Análise Térmica e Reoloxía (plan 2012)
Descriptors Cycle Period Year Type Credits
Official Master's Degree 1st four-month period
First Obligatory 3
Teaching method Face-to-face
López Beceiro, Jorge José
Buhler , Eric
General description Este curso introduce os conceptos fundamentais de coloides e interfaces da ciencia, cubrindo os aspectos centrais dos conceptos básicos para a comprensión dos fenómenos estructurales e adherencia nos fluídos complexos.

Study programme competencies
Code Study programme competences
A1 Set up and conduct tests using the techniques of thermal analysis and rheology most appropriate in each case, within the scope of complex materials
A2 Identify and evaluate the different types of complex materials
A3 Knowing the different types of thermal and rheological behaviors of the materials
A5 Understanding the relationships between structure and properties of materials
B1 Knowledge and understanding to provide a basis or opportunity for originality in developing and / or applying ideas, often in a research context
B2 The students have the skill to apply their knowledge and their ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar contexts within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study
B4 That the students can communicate their conclusions and the knowledge and last reasons behind that conclusions to specialized and non specialized audience in a clear and unambiguous way
B8 Applying a critical, logical and creative way of thinking
B9 To work autonomously with initiative
B12 Communicate effectively in the work environment
B13 Analysis-oriented attitude
B21 To assess the importance of research, innovation and technological developments in the socio-economic and cultural progress of society
C2 Have a good command of spoken and writing expression and understanding of a foreign language.
C6 Critically assessing the knowledge, technology and information available to solve the problems they face with.
C7 To assume as a professional and citizen the importance of learning throughout life.
C8 To assess the importance of research, innovation and technological development in the socio-economic and cultural progress of society.

Learning aims
Learning outcomes Study programme competences
To know and understand both theoretical and practical aspects related to soft matter. Acquire knowledge of fundamental concepts related to colloids and interfaces physics and physical chemistry of complex fluids. Understanding the various structural phenomena in complex fluids. AR1

Topic Sub-topic
Intermolecular interactions and forces at the molecular level
Surfactants, micelles, emulsions, membranes
Effects resulting from interactions

Methodologies / tests Competencies Ordinary class hours Student’s personal work hours Total hours
Guest lecture / keynote speech A3 A5 B1 B2 B21 C6 9 15 24
Laboratory practice A1 A2 B8 B9 B13 C7 C8 15 5 20
Supervised projects B4 B9 B12 B13 B21 C2 5 25 30
Personalized attention 1 0 1
(*)The information in the planning table is for guidance only and does not take into account the heterogeneity of the students.

Methodologies Description
Guest lecture / keynote speech Presentation given by the professor, on a schematic basis, focusing on the main topics, covering both theoretical and practical issues.
Laboratory practice Performance of practical activities such as demonstrations, exercises, experiments, etc..
Supervised projects Activities whose purpose is that the students enlarge the study of the topics pesented in the program and consolidate their acquired knowledge and capabilities. These activities should also help the students learn and improve their capabilities in literature survey.

Personalized attention
Guest lecture / keynote speech
The personalized attention to students, understood as a support in the teaching-learning process, will take place in the hours of tutoring of the professor.

No academic dispensation is accepted.

Methodologies Competencies Description Qualification
Guest lecture / keynote speech A3 A5 B1 B2 B21 C6 Examination or objective test. 50
Laboratory practice A1 A2 B8 B9 B13 C7 C8 Continuous assessment through monitoring of student work in the classroom, laboratory and / or tutorials 20
Supervised projects B4 B9 B12 B13 B21 C2 Presentation (oral and written) of the supervised work. 30
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To help achieve a sustained immediate environment and meet the objective of action number 5: "Healthy and sustainable environmental and social teaching and research" of the "Green Campus Ferrol Action Plan:

            The delivery of the documentary work carried out in this subject:

              - They will be requested in virtual format and/or computer support

              - It will be done through Moodle, in digital format without the need to print them.

             - If it is necessary to make them on paper:

                  - Plastics shall not be used

                 - Double-sided printing shall be carried out.

                 - Recycled paper will be used.

                 - Printing of drafts shall be avoided.

  - A sustainable use of resources and the prevention of negative impacts on the natural environment must be made.

  - It will work to identify and change gender biases and attitudes, and influence the environment to change them and promote values of respect and equality.

  - Situations of discrimination should be identified and actions and measures proposed to correct them.

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