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2016/17 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS3300 Extended Project Abroad

60 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Mamatha Nagaraj

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2016/17

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 Physics. All students must have been selected for the MPhys degree programme.

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS3666Analysis in Experimental Physics

This module is not approved as a discovery module


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

- manage your time effectively on a major research type project;
- operate a specialised piece of research equipment or make use of specialised software techniques;
- use appropriate computer packages for the statistical analysis and interpretation of large datasets;
- prepare regular (weekly) status reports and write a significant final project report;
- defend your project work during an hour long oral presentation/seminar before academic staff.

Skills outcomes
Information gathering
Write a report
Oral presentation
Experience life abroad


The students work on a project that can cover any field of research. Here is a selection of recent projects:

- Calibration and operation of a cosmic ray tracking detector (Berlin 2005).

- Operate remotely a 34-m diameter NASA radio telescope to map out and analyse the Rosette Nebula
(Valencia 2004).

- A spectroscopic study of a sample of Kiso UV-excess galaxies (Marseille 2004).

- The Period Change of AE Ursa Majoris (Aarhus 2004).

- Build, test and calibrate a detector to measure the fluorescence emission of atmospheric Nitrogen for the world's largest cosmic ray experiment (Karlsruhe 2003).

Teaching methods

Private study hours600.00
Total Contact hours0.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular meetings with supervisor abroad. Regular reports to module leader in Leeds. Pastoral visit from Leeds academic.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalPerformance on experimental part of project40.00
ReportFinal project report40.00
Oral PresentationOral presentation/defence of work project to 5/6 Leeds academics20.00
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: 23/03/2018


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