|Assessment length / details
|1 x Lab Report, 1000 words
|Written Workbook, 40 hours
|Weekly Written Laboratory Diary. The students are assessed on the quality of note-taking during a three hour experiment. Each experiment is unique and the length of words required is different.The minimum is 200 words per experiment. The students are assessed on the quality of note-taking during experiments. A typical diary will be approximately 200 words per experiment.
|As determined by the Departmental Examination Board
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate practical competence and accuracy in carrying out experimental procedures including measurement, use of scientific instruments and recording of results.
2. Produce a laboratory report using a word processing package.
3. Identify types of uncertainties in an experiment and determine error propagation.
4. Work with others in a considerate way, dividing the duties efficiently.
5. Respect and acknowledge the intellectual property of others.
This module will introduce science undergraduates to the key areas of experimental physics which can be used to understand the world around us. A worksheet detailing uncertainties in measurement and accuracy of models is expected. Emphasis is placed on accuracy of note-taking. Undergraduates will be expected to keep a laboratory diary as they are conducting the experiments. In addition to the notes kept in the diary, students will be expected to write up one of the experiments as a formal report, including background research into the topic.
• Keeping laboratory diaries and writing a report. The series of experiments are based on core physics ideas. These experiments cover key introductory areas of physics.
|Application of Number
|In essence, physics is based on the use of mathematics and experimental physics on the manipulation of number. Application of number is a central part of this module.
|Students will keep laboratory diaries and write a report on an experiment.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Each week the feed-back provided for the lab diaries encourages the student to improve their note-taking.
|Modern data analysis is dependent on the use of computers. In some experiments, students use a computer package to analyse data and will be expected to word process their lab reports.
|Students will apply problem solving techniques in the course of experimentation and in the handling of data arising from experiments.
|Students will be expected to research the background to experiments.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Use of scientific equipment. Performance of experiments. Writing scientific method. Analysis of experimental uncertainty.
|Students will generally do experiments in groups of two and we would encourage co-operation in the solution of modelling problems.
This module is at CQFW Level 4