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PHYS3152 Project

40 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Peter Adams

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 Physics or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS3160Physics Project (Jh)
PHYS5010MResearch Project
PHYS5013MResearch Project
PHYS5050MAstrophysics Project
PHYS5190MAssignment in Theoretical Physics

This module is not approved as a discovery module


At the end of this module, you should be able to:

- prepare, plan and execute an experimental/computing/theoretical or a dissertation project in Physics or a related discipline;
- design apparatus &/or software &/or critically appraise existing apparatus for physical measurements;
- be confident in report writing, small group presentations and in defending your work in a viva voce.

Learning outcomes
Execute and analyse the results of an experiment or investigation, evaluate the level of uncertainty in results and compare with theoretical predictions or published data;
Communicate in writing or orally the results of their work or other scientific information in a variety of styles or for different audiences;
Work autonomously within a structured environment.

Skills outcomes
- Planning and executing experimental/computing/theoretical/literary projects.
- Confidence in report writing, small group presenations and defending work in viva voce.


I) Experimental/Computing/Theoretical Projects:
Selection of project; literature search; laboratory work to carry out project; preparation of draft report; preparation of final report (approximately 5,000 words); oral presentation; viva voce.

II) Dissertations:
Selection of dissertation topic; literature search; literature analysis; preparation of draft report; preparation of final report (approximately 8,000 words); oral presentation; viva voce.

Note: Physics with Astrophysics and Physics with Nanotechnology students carry out projects in astrophysics and nanotechnology respectively.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours272.00
Total Contact hours128.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

This is an independent research module. Each project will vary according to the needs of the particular research question being addressed. Private study time will need to be allocation to;
- Report writing;
- Talk preparation;
- Viva voce preparation;.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

b- Weekly meetings with supervisor in Semester 1 and Semester 2 until Easter break
- Feedback on draft reports/talks from supervisor in Semesters 1 and 2.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentContinuous assessment in Semester 135.00
ReportFinal project report40.00
Oral PresentationOral presentation10.00
VivaViva voce15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

If they have undertaken experimental / research work then grant extension for them to write it up, and deliver oral and viva. If they have not undertaken any / enough work to write up, then ask them to undertake new DISSERTATION project. In either case students pay for this as a resit. Students are required to submit all elements of the coursework in order to pass the module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 02/03/2020


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