|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Seminars / Tutorials||Introduction followed by regular consultation with experiment supervisor.|
|Practical||Experimental work during normal lab hours.|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Group Presentation||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Literature Review||20%|
|Semester Assessment||Individual Report||60%|
|Supplementary Assessment||As determined by Departmental Examination Board||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Search for papers and articles on topics related to experimental work and present a bibiography using Endnote or similar software
Plan and perform an experiment and then analyse data and evaluate the experiment with minimal input from teaching staff, utilising laboratory skills developed earlier during the course.
Work in a group to communicate an experiment and results in an oral presentation.
Write an individual report on an experiment
The module will be assessed in three ways; firstly the group will produce a literature review showing evidence of independent research into topics related to the experiment, secondly the group will make a presentation of the experiment, thirdly there will be a formal experimental report written. The report will be an individual submission.
- understanding a brief description of the experiment
- researching the background and context of the experiment
- gaining familiarity with instrumentation and experimental data
- electronic and software control of instrumentation
- analysis and modelling of data
- communication of results both orally and written
- working as part of a team
The module aims to develop the analytical and experimental skills necessary to perform advanced physics experiments, together with critical evaluation skills and communication of results. These skills form an essential part of the training of a physicist.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Application of number is essential to analyse experimental data, including error propagation.|
|Communication||Communication and literacy are required to present findings in a group presentation and a written report.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Reflecting on outcomes of laboratory work to plan further work develops own learning and performance.|
|Information Technology||Instrumentation and computers are essential to perform experiments, analyse data and present results.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Many of the skills developed are essential elements of a physics degree and in future employment.|
|Problem solving||Problem solving skills are essential when responding to initial results and adapting experimental strategies accordingly.|
|Research skills||Research skills are needed to devise experiments to test hypotheses.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Subject skills are developed and assessed, but detail will depend on the specific topic of the advanced experiment.|
|Team work||The investigations and presentation are carried out in a group.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6