Module Identifier PH15010  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Andrew Evans  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr David P Langstaff, Professor Keith Birkinshaw  
Pre-Requisite Normal entry requirements for Part 1 Physics  
Co-Requisite Part 1 Core Modules  
Mutually Exclusive None  
Course delivery Practical   11 laboratory sessions (4 hours)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Course Work: Math CAD assignment Due in week 825%
Semester Assessment Course Work: Errors assignment Due in week 510%
Semester Assessment Course Work: Laboratory dairy and laboratory reports  50%
Semester Assessment Course Work: WORD/Excel assignment Due in week 415%

Learning outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

Brief description

Science involves observing the world and finding ways of understanding it. In order to make such observations, instruments are used to determine a quantity or variable. This module will instruct students in the use of instruments from the simplest vernier callipers to sophisticated microcomputer control systems. The factors involved in the selection of the correct instrument for a particular application will be stressed. In order to extract the maximum information from the data acquired by an instrument, data handling and processing techniques are essential. These will include error analysis, curve fitting and data rejection and the use of microcomputers in such procedures will be an integral part of the module.


Introduction to the Web, WORD for Windows, Excel and MathCAD

Basic error analysis.

Keeping laboratory diaries and writing reports.

Basic laboratory instrumentation
   a) verniers and micrometers
   b) travelling microscopes
   c) analogue and digital meters.

Transferable skills

Use of SToMP (computer aided learning) for error analysis.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Louis Lyons A practical Guide to Data Analysis for Physical Scientists Cambridge University


This module is at CQFW Level 4