|Assessment length / details
|Exercise – Analysis techniques (3 pages)
|Oral Presentation (15 minutes)
|Poster (1 page)
|Individual Report (10 pages)
|Exercise - Risk assessment (2 pages)
|Literature review (2 pages)
|Resubmission of failed element (As determined by the Departmental Examinations Board)
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Investigate topics related to project work through research papers and articles and present a literature review with bibliography using Endnote or similar software.
2. Plan and perform a project with minimal input from teaching staff, utilising laboratory and analytical skills developed during the course.
3. Gather data experimentally or from online resources demonstrating awareness of instrument operation and calibration.
4. Analyse and interpret data.
5. Present an experiment and its results in an oral presentation, a poster and a formal report.
6. Carry out risk assessment for experimental work.
The module is the bridge between first-year laboratory work and the final-year projects. It gives students experience of the environment of practical physics research. Students will be introduced to the skills required for the final-year project and will develop these by working on an allocated project in groups of four or five. The students will develop an understanding of project planning and execution, instrumentation and computing techniques, risk assessment, literature searching, data analysis and interpretation. They will communicate their project-work and results by poster, oral presentation and a formal report.
Library and internet searching, referencing software, reading and writing scientific papers
Analytic and computational techniques on topics such as image processing, use of Unix, modelling, simulation, and statistical analysis.
Instrumentation and data from various resources.
Safety in project work covering Risk Assessment and items such as COSHH, DSEAR, laser and radiation safety.
The students will work in groups of four of five on an allocated project. They will be required to apply the skills developed in the module to research the background to the project, plan the project, develop an experimental strategy, and analyse and interpret the results. The project-work assessment will include a group literature review, poster and oral presentation and an individual formal report. The students will also be assessed on exercises on formal risk and analysis techniques.
|Application of Number
|Application of number is essential in analysing data, including for error propagation and uncertainty.
|Students will communicate their project work through a literature review, an oral presentation, a poster and a formal report.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|The students develop and improve their performance in a set of skills used in final-year undergraduate projects.
|Students research the background to a project using internet and library searches and present a literature review using Endnote or similar bibliographic software. Students develop computational skills in data analysis and use facilities available for word processing and presentations.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Many of the skills developed are essential elements of a physics degree and in future employment. Risk assessment is a transferrable skill in the workplace.
|Problem-solving is a core skill in physics project work.
|Students are expected to research the background to the work, the context of the experiments and to be aware of the most recent related literature.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Knowledge of appropriate research tools, e.g. computational programming, instrumentation.
|Students work on a project in groups of four to five.
This module is at CQFW Level 5