Module Identifier PH35510  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Geraint Vaughan  
Semester Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)  
Other staff Professor Keith Birkinshaw  
Pre-Requisite Core Physics Modules at Level 1  
Course delivery Practical   Laboratory. 11 laboratory sessions (4 hours each)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Project Work: Project Report. Short Initial Report: Submit two copies to Departmental Secretary (Room 219) by 11am on first lab day of Week 4. Project Report: Submit two copies to Departmental Secretary (Room 219) by 4pm on last day of Week 10.50%
Semester Assessment Oral Examination: Oral Examination during week 1120%
Semester Assessment Project Work: Progress during Semester  30%

Learning outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

Brief description

This single 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 module is open to students following the Physics with Business Administration or Joint Honours Degree Schemes within the Physics Department.


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.

Transferable skills

As required by each 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.


This module is at CQFW Level 6