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PH5192 - Optical Imaging Concepts

Academic year

2021 to 2022 (Semester 1)

Key module information

SCOTCAT credits


The Scottish Credit Accumulation and Transfer (SCOTCAT) system allows credits gained in Scotland to be transferred between institutions. The number of credits associated with a module gives an indication of the amount of learning effort required by the learner. European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits are half the value of SCOTCAT credits.

SCQF level

SCQF level 11

The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

Availability restrictions

This module is limited to students registered on the EngD in Applied Photonics and the MSc in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices.

Module coordinator

Dr F E W Koenig

This information is given as indicative. Staff involved in a module may change at short notice depending on availability and circumstances.

Module description

This module aims to introduce the theory and applications of key imaging concepts that are in widespread use. The content includes on the underpinning side:- plane waves form Maxwell's equations, refractive index, polarisation, coherence, diffraction, Fourier optics, lenses and aberrations, optical instruments, point spread function. On the more system side the content includes material drawn from some of:-adaptive optics, multi-modal microscopies, super-resolution, optical coherence tomography, ghost and hyperspectral imaging and other contemporary imaging scenarios.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews

Written Examination = 80%, Coursework = 20%

As defined by QAA

Written examinations = 80%
Practical examinations = 0%
Coursework = 20%

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) have compiled/developed an indicative list of learning and teaching methods:
  • Written: Is included in this category any assessment done under exam conditions (exams during diets, class tests) that do not involve the use of practical skills.
  • Practical: Are included in this category oral assessment and presentation as well as practical skills assessed in situ (in a classroom or laboratory for instance). Performances in the performing arts context are also classed as practical assessment.
Further details can be found on the QAA website.


Practical (Oral) Examination = 100%

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact

2 or 3 x 1hr lectures x 10 weeks, 1hr workshop x 5 weeks, 1hr tutorial x 5 weeks

Scheduled learning hours


The number of compulsory student:staff contact hours over the period of the module.

Guided independent study hours


The number of hours that students are expected to invest in independent study over the period of the module.

Additional information from school

To be confirmed