|Assessment length / details
|Written Formal Report
|Written Laboratory Diary
|Supplementary assessment As determined by the departmental examination board
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Perform simple experiments in the physical sciences.
2. Perform basic error analysis to measurements.
3. Draw appropriate conclusions from results.
4. Present and analyse work in a laboratory diary.
5. Describe work in a formal report.
6. Discuss work in an oral presentation.
This laboratory module gives an introduction to experimental practice in the physical sciences. Emphasis is placed on the training of students to use basic instruments, perform simple error calculations and critically assess results in order to draw reliable conclusions. Experiments are designed to reflect theoretical topics covered in other modules - hence include experiments covering properties of matter, forces, mechanics, electricity, magnetism and electronics. Presentational skills are developed in the context of experiments.
For presentation of the work each student is expected to keep a Laboratory Diary noting the detailed progress of each experiment, prepare a formal report on a specified experiment and deliver an oral presentation.
|Application of Number
|Mathematical skills are central to the understanding and application of the underlying theory. Recording of data whilst performing experiments. Application of basic error analysis to measurements. Assessed via laboratory diaries and formal report.
|Recording of experiments using a laboratory diary. Working together in small groups to perform experiments. Communicating results through formal report and oral presentation.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Critical thinking and reflection of how well an experiment was performed and how it could be improved.
|Delivery of a formal report using word processing software. Delivery of oral presentation using PowerPoint or equivalent. Use of basic experimental equipment.
|Students are encouraged to work through experiments and propose methods and solutions.
|Formal report requires background research and rudimentary referencing skills.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Application of basic fundamental theory in the physical sciences to experimental methods.
|Students are required to work in small groups for each practical experiment.
This module is at CQFW Level 3