University of Exeter Handbook (Physics) Questions/Comments Department (Physics)

Stage 3 BSc Tutorial Support

All undergraduate physics tutorials follow the common guidelines for tutorials. The details specific to tutorials for Stage 3 Physics BSc students are as follows:

The common element should consist of:

  1. Discussion and problem-solving in support of the core modules: four problem-sets will be published by the module leaders:
  2. Confirm that students are familiar with the meaning of 'plagiarism' and what is meant by 'ethical' and 'professional' conduct. The Stage 2 Tutorial Work guidelines include links to online resources covering these areas.
  3. A 15-minute talk on the student's first project.
  4. Four sets of PHY3053 General Problems exam questions, one set of which is discussed without preparation. Each set will contain 5 to 10 short problems or 2 to 4 long problems selected from the compilation of long and short problems: published in the ELE virtual learning environment.

The following timetable for tutorial activities is suggested. The only constraint on 'Elective Activities' is that they should include an element of student choice and have clear educational aims and benefits.

Term 1

Week T1:01Discuss the employability agenda, in particular the need to prepare a CV and establish deadlines for applications to specific employers.
Week T1:02Elective activities focused on employability
Week T1:03Electromagnitism and/or Quantum Mechanics Support 1
Week T1:04Practice Project Talks 1
Week T1:05Practice Project Talks 2
Week T1:06Electromagnitism and/or Quantum Mechanics Support 2
Week T1:07Scientific report writing skills, plagiarism, ethics
Week T1:08General Problems 1
Week T1:09Electromagnitism and/or Quantum Mechanics Support 3
Week T1:10Elective Activities
Week T1:11Electromagnitism and/or Quantum Mechanics Support 4
Week T1:12Revision Week. Staff available: students need not attend.

Term 2

Week T2:00No tutorials but staff available. Examination period.
Week T2:01Individual Self-Appraisal PDP interviews.
Week T2:02General Problems 2
Week T2:03Nuclear and HEP 1
Week T2:04Elective Activities
Week T2:05Nuclear and HEP 2
Week T2:06General Problems 3
Week T2:07Elective Activities
Week T2:08Nuclear and HEP 3
Week T2:09General Problems 4
Week T2:10Elective Activities
Week T2:11Nuclear and HEP 4 and/or Elective Activities

Term 3

Week T3:01Revision Week. Staff available: students need not attend.
Week T3:07Staff available to discuss results.

Tutors will use their discretion in planning the work load and will set their own questions, or exercises, in addition to those prescribed.

University of Exeter Handbook (Physics) Questions/Comments Department (Physics)