|Prof. T. Naylor|
|Delivery Weeks:||Sep-Dec, Jan-May,Jun-Sep|
|Credits:||75 NICATS / 37.5 ECTS|
|Enrolment:||4 students (approx)|
This module gives the student direct experience of undertaking a research project in a in a non-university professional environment, normally an industrial or government laboratory. The project topic will usually be physics-based but in some cases may involve the application of physics-related skills (e.g., mathematical modelling) to another field.
This module aims to give students first-hand experience of the commercial/industrial scientific working environment and its various pressures, including financial and managerial, and practices of the commercial environment. This will enhance the employability of the students, and motivate them to seek employment in roles where they are able apply physics and physics-related skills to economically important practical problems.
A student who has passed this module should be able to:
Note: All students should refer to the detailed description of the Professional Experience - Assignments and Assessment Criteria in the Physics Handbook.
The student will be working as an employee in a professional environment. They will receive training appropriate to the environment, and will supplement this with their own observations and participation.
They will undertake a research project with supervision provided by the placement establishment. The research topic and provisional work-plan will be agreed in advance between the Department of Physics and the placement establishment. Progress will be monitored by two visits from the student's tutor during the year, plus regular contact by e-mail and/or telephone.
|Description||Study time||KIS type|
|1-year placement||750 hours||PLS|
|10%||Preliminary report||2,500 words||Week T1:09 (Monday)||2-4,7-10||Written|
|20%||Assessment of project work: notebook assessment plus viva voce (with written input from industrial supervisor)||30 minute viva||Week T2:01/T2:02||1-5,9-11||Written and verbal|
|10%||Oral presentation at Exeter||30 minutes||T3:03/4/5||6,8||Written and verbal|
|20%||Assessment of project work: notebook assessment plus viva voce (with written input from industrial supervisor)||30 minute viva||Week T3:03/4/5||1-5,9-11||Written and verbal|
|40%||Final report plus viva voce||10,000 words, 30-minute viva||Deadline 1st of September||1-4,7-11||Written|
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).
|Pre-requisite Modules||Practical Physics II (PHY2026)|
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.
|Availability||Physics with Professional Experience only|
|Keywords||Physics; Group work; Professional environment; Placement; Project; Work experience.|