Module Description
PHY3205 Background Report for Project 2013-14
Prof. M.R. Bate and Research Group Staff
Delivery Weeks: As agreed
Level: 6 (NQF)
Credits: 15 NICATS / 7.5 ECTS
Enrolment: 9 students (approx)


The student will use the library facilties at the study-abroad host institution to 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 MPhyscs project.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

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

Syllabus Plan

During their period abroad students will spend about 20 days (normally the majority of this work will be in the first term) 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. The reports must not exceed the word-limit specified below. They will have access to their project supervisor through e-mail and will be expected to provide fortnightly reports identifying progress and future goals, and highlighting any particular problems. The completed report plan must be received at Exeter for assessment by the the deadline specified in the assessment table. Formative feedback on the report plan will be sent to the student by e-mail. 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 they 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 Fortnightly Throughout project work 1-7 Written
20% Plan for background report 1000 words Report deadline Friday week T2:00 1-7 Written
80% Background report 3500 words Report deadline Friday week T3:03 1-7 Written

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 programmes with study abroad only
Distance learning NO
Keywords Physics; Report; Project; Plan.
Created 01-Oct-00
Revised N/A
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