PHY3307 Background Report for Project 2017-18
Prof. M.R. Bate and Research Group Staff
Delivery Weeks: As agreed
Level: 6 (NQF)
Credits: 15 NICATS / 7.5 ECTS
Enrolment: 5 students (approx)


During their Stage 3 year, the student will plan and then produce a background report that will form the basis for their final year project module (PHYM010). The project supervisor in Exeter will monitor progress and provide guidance by e-mail.

Module Aims

This module aims to ensure that the student has a thorough grasp of the background physics and methods that will be required by the final stage 60 credit MPhys project.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

A student who has passed this module should be able to:

Syllabus Plan

During their Stage 3 year, students will spend about 20 days (normally the majority of this work will be undertaken after the period of placement employment has finished) working on identifying relevant material, assimilating and organising it firstly into a report plan and then into an introductory report covering the background physics and likely scope of the project. They will have access to their project supervisor through e-mail and will be expected to provide three reports (after ca 5, 10 and 15 days of work) identifying progress and future goals, and highlighting any particular problems. The completed report plan must be received at Exeter for assessment by the deadline specified in the assessment table. Formative feedback on the report plan will be sent by e-mail to the student within 2 weeks of receiving the report plan at Exeter. The completed report must be received at Exeter for assessment by the deadline specified in the assessment table. Note: students are strongly advised to use LaTeX to prepare their report and to use PDF with embedded fonts and the output format. They should also send a test page containing a few sentences of text, a captioned diagram, a numbered equation, and a couple of reference to their supervisor so that the can inspect and comment on it at an early stage.

Learning and Teaching

Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Description Study time KIS type
Guided reading and private study 150 hours GIS


Weight Form Size When ILOS assessed Feedback
0% Reports for supervisor Weekly Throughout project work 1-7 Written
20% Plan for background report 1000 words Report deadline week SA:03 (Monday) 1-7 Written
80% Background report 3500 words Report deadline week T1:02 (Monday) of Stage 4 year 1-7 Written and verbal

Notes:  Refer to the detailed description of the assessment criteria for the plan and report as given in the Physics handbook.


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).

Core text:

Supplementary texts:


Further Information

Prior Knowledge Requirements

Pre-requisite Modules N/A
Co-requisite Modules N/A


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.

KIS Data Summary

Learning activities and teaching methods
SLT - scheduled learning & teaching activities 0 hrs
GIS - guided independent study 150 hrs
PLS - placement/study abroad 0 hrs
Total 150 hrs
Summative assessment
Coursework 100%
Written exams 0%
Practical exams 0%
Total 100%


Availability Physics with Professional Experience only
Distance learning NO
Keywords Physics; Report; Project; Plan.
Created 11-Sep-12
Revised N/A