|PHY1028||IT and Electronics Skills||2017-18|
|Dr F.Y. Ogrin, Dr A. Usher and Dr A. Corbett|
|Delivery Weeks:||T1:01-05,07-12, T2:06-11|
|Credits:||15 NICATS / 7.5 ECTS|
|Enrolment:||114 students (approx)|
This module is practically based with comprehensive work sheets for each session and demonstrators available to answer any queries that may arise. Students are encouraged to work at their own speed depending on their previous experience. Students with no prior experience will need to spend more time than their more experienced counterparts outside the class sessions to complete the assignments contained in the work sheets.
Students first learn to produce high-quality typeset reports using LaTeX and a stylesheet. This is followed by an introduction to the GNU Octave numerical mathematics package. The Octave language is essentially the same as the MATLAB language which is widely used in commercial and research environments for numerical modelling. The final part introduces the basic areas of digital electronics, as they might be encountered in physics instrumentation, etc., and to provide the necessary theoretical background to carry out experimental investigations. A small amount of analogue electronics is also covered, this being included for the benefit of those students who will choose to do no further electronics modules. The skills developed in this module will be applied and developed throughout the programme.
Every physicist must be able to analyse data, evaluate theoretical models, and present their work in the form of a technical report. They must also be able to perform investigations, such as experiments, and solve the problems they encounter in a systematic and logical manner.
A student who has passed this module should be able to:
Part A: IT Skills
Part B: Electronics
|Description||Study time||KIS type|
|11×2-hour computer laboratory sessions (IT)||22 hours||SLT|
|12×3-hour practical laboratory sessions (electronics)||36 hours||SLT|
|11×2-hour IT Skills homework||22 hours||GIS|
|5×1-hour Electronics homework exercises||5 hours||GIS|
|Reading, private study and revision||65 hours||GIS|
|15%||Mid-Term IT Skills Test 1||90 mins||Week T1:09||1, 3, 6, 7||Written and verbal|
|15%||Mid-Term IT Skills Test 2||90 mins||Week T1:12||1, 3, 6, 7||Written and verbal|
|20%||11 × IT Skills assignments||2 hours in class + 2 hours homework each||Weekly T1:01-05,07-12||1, 3, 6, 7||Written and verbal|
|30%||Written reports on electronics experiments||Contemporaneous with experiments||Weekly T2:06-11||2, 4, 5, 7||Written and verbal|
|20%||Electronics problems sheets||5×1 hour||Weekly T2:06-10||2, 7||Written and verbal|
Notes: Electronics homework exercises must be handed in at the start of the class in order to receive a non-zero mark.
The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that students are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Instructor(s).
|Co-requisite Modules||Waves and Optics (PHY1023)|
Re-assessment is not available except when required by referral or deferral.
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Time scale for re-assessment|
Notes: Re-assessment is not available for this module.
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|Keywords||Physics; Analogue electronics; Digital electronics; LaTeX; Octave; Op-Amps.|