|PHY1030||Practical Physics and IT Skills||2023-24|
|Dr J. Hatchell and Prof. V.V. Kruglyak|
|Delivery Weeks:||T1:01-05,07-12, T2:01-11|
|Credits:||15 NICATS / 7.5 ECTS|
|Enrolment:||14 students (approx)|
The practical laboratory work section of this module provides a broad foundation in experimental physics, upon which experimental work for the Stage 2 year and project work in Stage 3 builds. It starts with a short series of lectures, supplemented with problems sets, on error analysis and graph plotting. Laboratory work is normally undertaken in pairs, with support from demonstrators. Experiments are recorded in lab-books and presented as formal reports. One of the experiments involves working as a larger group.
In the IT Skills section of this module students learn to use Python for scientific applications. Python is an interpreted, high-level, general-purpose programming language that can be used for a range of academic and research-based activities including high level mathematics and data processing work. Python is widely used in commercial and research environments.
The PHY0000 Communication and Key Skills course held in 'Opportunities Week', i.e. T1:06 constitutes the the third section of this module.
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.
Experimentation is one of the central activities of a scientist. Experimental observations form the bases for new hypotheses and also test scientific theories. In this module, you will learn to understand and apply the experimental method, develop your ability to make reliable measurements and report them in an effective and ethical manner.
A student who has passed this module should be able to:
Part A: Practical Laboratory
Each experiment is described in a brief laboratory script and a short video. General guidance on experiments, data analysis and result reporting is provided in the Laboratory Manual.
General supervision and assistance are available from the demonstrators during the time-tabled practical sessions. Each demonstrator conducts the initial discussion with and monitors the progress of the assigned students, taking a pastoral role and reporting any problems to the Module Coordinator. Feedback is given on each experiment during a 15-minute final discussion with a demonstrator. For the oral presentation in the Student Conference, the assessment is made by demonstrators with partial input from the students.
Note: The Communication and Key Skills content and activities are described in the PHY0000 component description.
Part B: IT Skills
|Description||Study time||KIS type|
|3×1-hour data analysis lectures||3 hours||SLT|
|10×1-hour computing lectures||10 hours||SLT|
|3×2-hour self-study packages (problem sets)||6 hours||GIS|
|11×2-hour computer laboratory sessions (IT)||22 hours||SLT|
|5×4-hour computing homework||32 hours||GIS|
|10×3-hour practical laboratory sessions||30 hours||SLT|
|6-hour student conference||6 hours||SLT|
|3×1-day communications skills workshops||21 hours||SLT|
|Reading and private study||20 hours||GIS|
|0%||Data analysis homework||Three 2-hour problems sets (quizzes)||Week T1:02||4, 14||Written and verbal|
|0%||10×Python classwork assignments (formative)||4 hours||In class||1, 13, 15-17||Written and verbal|
|50%||5×computing homework assignments||4 hours per assignment||Deadline Monday week T1:03,05,08,10,12||1, 13, 15-17||Written and verbal|
|10%||Experiments, recorded in the notebook||Two notebook assessments||ca 4-week intervals in T1:01-05, 06-12||2-9, 11-14, 16, 17||Written and verbal|
|20%||Experiments, written up as formal experiment reports||Two 1250-word reports||ca 4-week intervals in T2:01-11||2-9, 11-14, 16, 17||Written and verbal|
|10%||Group oral presentation for the Student Conference||20 minutes||Week T2:11||10, 11||Written and verbal|
|10%||Communications and key skills component PHY0000||3 days||Week T1:06||18||Written and verbal|
Notes: Refer to the Undergraduate Handbook for details and marking criteria. Briefly, laboratory notebooks and reports are marked in one-to-one discussion between the student and a demonstrator; oral presentations involve both demonstrator and moderated peer assessment.
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||Vector Mechanics (PHY1021), Waves and Optics (PHY1023) and Properties of Matter (PHY1024)|
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; Data; File; Experience; Function; Laboratory; Stage; Errors; Methods; Python; Analysis.|