|PHY3138||Projects and Dissertations||2023-24|
|Prof. R.J. Hicken and Dr C.M. Brunt|
|Delivery Weeks:||T1:01-11, T2:01-11|
|Credits:||30 NICATS / 15 ECTS|
|Enrolment:||53 students (approx)|
This module comprises two one-term projects, which may be theoretical or experimental, and are normally undertaken in a pair. These projects are open-ended. Although normally inspired by research in the Department, students may propose their own topics for investigation. Students will produce a formal written scientific report of their first project, and will collaborate to make a poster presentation of their second project.
Project work not only gives students the opportunity to carry out research or a detailed investigation into a specific area of experimental or theoretical physics but it also requires them to develop and apply analytical and problem-solving skills in a context where they won't be told the 'right' answer but must discover, and validate it themselves. This may involve devising explanations or solutions, use of the library, computer, and other resources, working in small groups, and in the presentation and communication of their work, in both written and oral form.
A student who has passed this module should be able to:
|Project 1||Project 2||Activity|
|Week T1:01||Week T2:01||Project allocated (Monday)|
|Week T1:03||Week T2:03||Assessment of laboratory work|
|Week T1:05||Week T2:05||Oral presentations (Friday)|
|Week T1:08||Week T2:08||Assessment of laboratory work|
|Week T1:09/T1:10||Discussion of plan for report|
|Week T2:09/10||Discussion of plan for poster|
|Week T1:11||Formal Report deadline (Friday 1430)|
|Week T2:11||Poster deadline (Friday 1600)|
In the Term 1, students work on the first project and must write-up the project in a formal report which must be handed in before the Christmas vacation. This will be typset with LaTeX or word-processed (for word-limit see 'Assessment Methods' above). It will review the background to the project, outline the work done and the results obtained in the project. Work in Term 2 follows a similiar pattern, except that the final report is in the form of a poster presentation which will which will be displayed on the first-floor corridor wall. Details of the various exercises and the assessment criteria are given in the BSc Final Year Projects section of the Physics handbook.
Supervision and assistance is available from project supervisors and/or laboratory demonstrators during the project periods.
|Description||Study time||KIS type|
|66×3-hour laboratory sessions||198 hours||SLT|
|Reading and private study||102 hours||GIS|
|0%||Discussions with demonstrator||1-hour weekly||Weeks T1:01-11, T2:01-11||1-11||Verbal|
|0%||Term 1 Laboratory work||10 minute notebook review and discussion (formative)||Weeks T1:03||1-6,9,11,12,14||Written and verbal|
|10%||Term 1 Laboratory work||15 minute notebook review and discussion (summative)||Weeks T1:08||1-6,9,11,12,14||Written and verbal|
|10%||Term 1 Oral Presentation||15 minutes||See syllabus plan||10||Written and verbal|
|30%||Formal Report||4000-words||See syllabus plan||7,8,13||Written and verbal|
|0%||Term 2 Laboratory work||10 minute notebook review and discussion (formative)||Weeks T2:03||1-6,9,11,12,14||Written and verbal|
|10%||Term 2 Laboratory work||15 minute notebook review and discussion (summative)||Weeks T2:08||1-6,9,11,12,14||Written and verbal|
|10%||Term 2 Oral Presentation||15 minutes||See syllabus plan||10||Written and verbal|
|30%||Term 2 Poster presentation||A0 poster||See syllabus plan||10||Written and verbal|
Notes: Refer to the detailed description of the BSc Final Year Projects 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).
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 BSc programmes only|
|Keywords||Physics; Project; Work; Assessment; Report; Form; Presentation; Safety; Poster.|