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2005/06 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS3290 High Energy Physics Seminar

10 creditsClass Size: 24

Module manager: Dr H J Rose

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2005/06


PHYS2080 (Subatomic Physics) OR PHYS3030 (Particle Physics) or equivalent

This module is approved as an Elective


On completion of the module, students will be able to use journal papers, databases and pre-print servers to gain a detailed knowledge of a current area of active high-energy physics or astroparticle physics research. They will be able to select a subset of the information found, structure it and to then present it to a non specialist audience in a seminar and in a written report. The skills gained can then be applied to a arrange of situations the students may later encounter which require to collect, organise, review and present complex technical or scientific information.

Skills outcomes
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Use of the World Wide Web, especially the specialist databases at CERN, SLAC and Los Alamos, and electronic pre-print servers to gain access to the latest information on a current area of active research. Techniques of reviewing and structuring complex scientific information from different sources. Methods for presentations in small groups. Techniques to structure scientific texts for later publication. Specific high energy physics component will include one area of current research, such as experimental tests of the Minimal Standard Model, searches for new particles and interactions, precision measurements of fundamental constants, or modern high energy astrophysics experiments. Within an area a presentation may focus on specific experimental methods, electronics techniques, computing, or the theoretical context and physics goals of a high energy physics experiment.

Teaching methods

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

Classes: up to 22 x 1 hour.

Private study

Literature search: 18 hours;
Preparation of talk: 30 hours;
Preparation of report: 30 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Assignments and presentations during one semester.

Methods of assessment

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

Self assessment of literature search: 10%;
Presentation: 10%;
Final report: 10%;
Peer assessment of draft report: 10%;
Final presentation: 10%;
Outcome and quality of literature search: 10%;
Oral presentation: 20%;
Marked final report: 20%.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 19/04/2005


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