Module Identifier PH35520  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Geraint Vaughan  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Keith Birkinshaw  
Pre-Requisite Core Physics Modules at Level 1  
Course delivery Laboratory   88 Hours 22 laboratory sessions (4 hours each)  
Assessment Oral examination   Oral Examination during week 11.   20%  
  Course work   Progress during the semester   30%  
  Project work   Project Report Short Initial Report: Submit two copies to Departmental Secretary (Room 219) by 11 am on first lab day of Week 4. Project Report. Submit two copies to Departmental Secretary (Room 219) by 4 pm on last day of Week 11   50%  

Module description

This double module takes the form of an individual project in which the student investigates a problem under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. The nature of the problem may be experimental, theoretical, data analysis or computer modelling. The double module is open to students following Single Honours Degree Schemes in Physics, Physics with Planetary and Space Physics, and Physics with Atmospheric Physics.

Learning outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

Outline syllabus

The aim of this module is to provide the student with an opportunity to conduct an open-ended investigation of a particular topic in Physics. This should allow the students to apply knowledge and techniques they have learned in the course so far. Emphasis is placed on understanding and application of fundamental physical principles.

Students are expected to plan and manage an independent programme of study, with guidance from their Supervisor, and to write a formal scientific report.

An oral examination will be held at the end of the module to test understanding of the basic principles of the project.

Reading Lists

Supervisors will advise students on suitable textbooks for their project, and students are expected to conduct their own library searches to find suitable material..