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2005/06 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS2210 Computing and Career Skills

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Professor G R Davies & Dr D B Adolf
Email: d.b.adolf@leeds.ac.uk, g.r.davies@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2005/06

Pre-requisites

PHYS1120 or equivalent

This module is approved as an Elective

Objectives

By the end of the module students should be able to:
- undertake background research on a topic in related to Physics;
- express themselves in a written style that indicates their understanding of the topic;
- construct and execute a computer programme in either 'C' or 'Visual Basic';
- manage their own career decision making;
- understand the interviewing and selection processes undertaken by employers;
- improve their team-working skills.

Skills outcomes
To research a topic in Physics.
To develop writing style.
Computer programming.
Producing a CV and covering letter.
To research a chosen career.To research a topic in Physics.
To develop writing style.
Computer programming.
Producing a CV and covering letter.
To research a chosen career.


Syllabus

Semester 1
(10%) for the 'first year' essay
The Computing portion of this module is continuously assessed:
(20%) from practical 'training' exercises
During the first four or five laboratory sessions, students will work under supervision to complete a series of programming tasks outlined in a handout or lab book. The handbook contains short tasks to be completed based on material covered in preceding lectures and practicals.
(20%) from project work
During the following four or give laboratory sessions, students will be assigned programming projects of increasing difficulty. Students of different abilities will complete different portions of these projects. Students will be required to document the highest level program or programs that they have completed.
(20%) from practical and/or written programming examination
A practical &/or a written programming exam in either Visual Basic or C is set during the last lab session.

Semester 2
The Careers portion of this module is also continuously assessed:
(8%) for creation of CV and covering letter for a specific job (at end of week 5)
(22%) for an Action Plan on either an occupation, company or area of postgraduate study (at end of week 10)

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Library training on information searching: 2 hours;



Semester 1:


Lectures: 13 x 1 hour;


Demonstrated time in a PC Cluster (Bragg or Viglen): 16 hours.



Semester 2:


Group activities facilitated by Careers Service personnel: 8 hours.

Private study

Private study: 61 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Essay at end of first year.
Short tasks in Computing.
Project in computing.
3 Assignments for Careers.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Essay at end of first year: 10%;
Computing:
Practical training exercises: 20%;
Project work: 20%;
Practical/written programming exam: 20%.

Careers:
CV and covering letter for specific job: 8%;
Action plan: 22%.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 19/04/2005

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