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2005/06 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc History and Philosophy of Science and Physics

Programme code:BS-HPSC&PHYSUCAS code:
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr D C Souter Contact address:d.c.souter@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

ABB including Mathematics and Physics at A-level, or equivalent alternative qualifications

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment, Learning Context]

Compulsory modules:

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

HPSC1010The Scientific Revolution10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC1020Science in the Modern World: Darwin, Germs and The Bomb10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC1200How Science Works10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC1400Technology in the Modern World10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHYS1041Thermal Physics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2180, PHYS2190, PHYS3040
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS1051Vibrations and Waves
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2180, PHYS2200, PHYS3040
Co-requisite for: PHYS2042
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS1060Physics Laboratory 1
Co-requisite for: PHYS2060
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS1090Electromagnetism
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2080, PHYS2180, PHYS2200
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students are required to take the following Mathematics modules as a compulsory third subject

MATH1050Calculus and Mathematical Analysis10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MATH1060Introductory Linear Algebra10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
MATH1400Modelling with Differential Equations10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MATH1410Modelling Force and Motion10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment, Learning Context]

Compulsory modules:

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHYS2042Quantum Mechanics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2070, PHYS2080, PHYS3030, PHYS3110, PHYS3381
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS2060Physics Laboratory 310 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

The following additional modules must be taken

MATH2080Further Linear Algebra10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MATH2420Multiple Integrals and Vector Calculus10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Students must choose at least 20 credits from the following:

HPSC2101Scientific Texts in Context20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC2202Theories and Observations in Science20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC2302Technological Change in History20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

20 credits from the following:

HPSC2101Scientific Texts in Context20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC2102Topic in the History of Science20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC2105Introduction to Scientific Texts in Context10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC2201Progress and Revolutions in Science20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC2205Introduction to Theories and Observations in Science10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC2301History of the Body 120 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC2302Technological Change in History20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC2305Introduction to Technological Change in History10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

HPSC2105 mutually exclusive with HPSC2101
HPSC2305 mutually exclusive with HPSC2302
HPSC2205 mutually exclusive with HPSC2202

Students are required to study 20 credits from the following optional modules:

PHYS2080Subatomic Physics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS3030, PHYS3080
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS2190Thermal and Statistical Physics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2070
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS2200Maxwell's Equations10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Elective modules:

Candidates may study 20 credits of electives from the remaining optional module list or the modules below:

PHYS2070Solid State Physics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS3110, PHYS3391
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS2180Physics in Review 110 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS2210Computing and Career Skills10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

PHYS2180 is compulsory in Level 3 if not taken as an elective in Level 2.
PHYS2210 is mutually exclusive with LUBS2370, CSER2010/2011 (Career Development)

Students are required to take 20 credits of electives

Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment, Learning Context]

Compulsory modules:

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHYS2180Physics in Review 110 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3160Joint Honours (Science): Project20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

If you have taken PHYS2180 in Level 2 you should choose an additional module worth 10 credits from the options list

Students wishing to take the Major-Minor option in the final year of their programme should consult staff in the Centre for Joint Honours (Science) as this constitutes a change of programme

Optional modules:

Students are required to study at least ONE of the following modules:

HPSC3150Historiography of Science20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HPSC3201Realism and Truth in Science20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC3301Science, Technology and Society20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Students must make up the remainder of the of HPSC requirement from the following:

HPSC3111Science and Religion20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC3112Advanced Topic in the History of Science20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC3140Gender, Science and Technology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC3310Philosophy of Biology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC3312History of the Body 220 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
HPSC3600History and Philosophy of Science: Dissertation (short)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
HPSC3700Philosophy of Technology10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC3850Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC3910Independent Study10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
HPSC3920Independent Study20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

HPSC3910 and HPSC3920 can cover a topic chosen by the student and assessed by their preferred method (essay and/or examination) subject to approval by HPSC.

Choose 10 credits from the following list of core options :

PHYS3030Particle Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3130Theoretical Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3381Advanced Quantum Mechanics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3391Structure and Dynamics of Solids10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3440Statistical Mechanics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Plus 20 further credits chosen from the list above and/or from the following :

MEDP3200Medical Imaging10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3040Introduction to Polymer Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3080High Energy Astrophysics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3110Photonics and Introductory Quantum Optics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3410Digital Image Processing10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students may study the following optional module:

PHYS3160Joint Honours (Science): Project20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

NOTE: this only applies to the minor option

Students are required to study 10 -50 credits from the following optional modules:

PHYS3030Particle Physics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS3290
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3130Theoretical Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3381Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS3391
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3440Statistical Mechanics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

NOTE: all students must study at least 10 credits from this list

PHYS3040Introduction to Polymer Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3080High Energy Astrophysics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3110Photonics and Introductory Quantum Optics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3200Astrophysical Techniques  credits 
PHYS3410Digital Image Processing10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 19/04/2006

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