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PHYS1260 Laboratory 1a (Joint Honours and Geophysics)

5 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Peter Hine

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

A level Maths and Physics or equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module students should be able to:

- achieve an adequate level of competence in weekly practical work;
- demonstrate the ability to use simple laboratory apparatus;
- be familiar with statistical methods of error analysis and to critically analyse data;
- communicate experimental results in the form of written exercises and oral discussions.

Skills outcomes
Laboratory skills in physics


The first two laboratory sessions are a group experiment designed to help build skills on taking measurements, graph plotting and error analysis. The remaining four sessions will consist of a variety of experiments drawn from fundamental areas of Physics. There are two other items of coursework. A formal report, chosen from one of the four experiments carried out, and four exercises linked to this to build the skills required for the formal report.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours32.00
Total Contact hours18.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)50.00

Private study

Lab preparation, formal report, writing exercises

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Laboratory notebooks and performance in the laboratory

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical4 experiments75.00
Written Work4 writing exercises10.00
Reportformal report15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students must submit a reasonable attempt at all assessments for this module to pass this module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

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


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