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PHYS3160 Joint Honours (Science): Project

20 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Peter Adams

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is mutually exclusive with


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 presentation 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 3500 words); oral presentation; viva voce.

II) Dissertations:
Selection of dissertation topics; literature search; literature analysis; preparation of draft report; preparation of final report (approximately 5000 words); oral presentation; viva voce.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours200.00
Total Contact hours64.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)264.00

Private study

Experimental/Computing/Theoretical Projects:
- Lab work: 90 hours
- Report writing: 70 hours
- Talk preparation: 20 hours
- Viva voce preparation: 20 hours.

- Lab work: 70 hours
- Report writing: 90 hours

Methods of Assessment also differ for dissertations:
- 35% in-course assessment
- 45% report
- 10% oral presentation
- 10% viva.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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

Methods of assessment

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

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: 05/11/2019 08:49:59


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