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PHYS3001 Advanced Techniques in Experimental Physics

30 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Gavin Burnell
Email: G.Burnell@leeds.ac.uk

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

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS3002Advanced Techniques in Astrophysics
PHYS3003Advanced Techniques in Theoretical Physics
PHYS3004Advanced Techniques in Physics (Joint Honours)
PHYS3152Project
PHYS3160Physics Project (Jh)

Module replaces

PHYS3777

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The ability to apply physical understanding and higher level problem solving skills to the processes in designing and carrying out experimental studies is essential for both higher level academic study in applied and experimental sciences and to many professional careers for physicists. This module forms the bridge between the first and second year laboratory physics courses and the research focussed, open-ended projects of the 4th year Physics programmes. In this module, students carry out extended, open-ended studies using techniques common place in the experimental research programmes of the school of Physics to hone skills in experimentation, data handling and analysis.

Objectives

This module will give the students and increased awareness of skills required in preparing, conducting, analysing and interpreting of a wide range of advanced experimental physics techniques and data sets through the use of appropriate measurement, data analysis and statistical approaches and to communicate and defend their work in a variety of professional contexts.

Learning outcomes
1. Perform or evaluate advanced astrophysical experiments using high-tech experimental and analytical techniques.
2. Explain and apply a range of experimental, statistical and computational analytical techniques to data.
3. Develop problem solving skills and practical approaches to troubleshooting data analysis and management.
4. Present scientific findings and defend results and methodology in oral presentations to small groups and in extended written work, at an appropriate level and in a professional manner.
5. Communicating complex concepts succinctly and coherently in one-to-one situations.


Syllabus

Each student undertakes 3 "mini-projects" of 3 weeks from a list of appropriate techniques to experimental physics.
The list of potential projects reflects the research activity in the School of Physics and Astronomy, a typical list would include techniques in electrical transport measurements, low temperature measurements, laser-based spectroscopy measurements, thermal and mechanical property determination, surface probe microscopy techniques.

Teaching methods

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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture42.008.00
Practical348.00144.00
Private study hours148.00
Total Contact hours152.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Pre-lab preparation, background reading and research, data analysis, oral presentation preparation, viva voce preparation, formal report preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular meetings with mini-project supervisors and demonstrators and discussion of interim results.

Methods of assessment

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


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportFormal Report25.00
PresentationPresentations15.00
PracticalMini-projects45.00
VivaVivas15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 12/07/2021 13:47:39

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