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PHYS2003 Experimental Physics (For NatSci & Joint Honours)

10 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr Satoshi Sasaki

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Passes in at least one of PHYS1060 or PHYS1110 or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS2001Experimental Physics
PHYS2002Experimental Physics (for Astrophysics)

Module replaces

PHYS2060 Physics Laboratory 3PHYS2110 Physics Laboratory 4

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module further develops key laboratory, research and career skills.


This module further develops key laboratory, research and career skills.

Learning outcomes
Indicative content:
- Use commonly available laboratory equipment;
- Perform laboratory experiments in core physics, obtain useful data and draw conclusions, using effective time management;
- Record the procedures, data, calculations and conclusions of their experiments as they go along;
- Utilise statistical and systematic error analysis and critically analyse their data;
- Present and communicate their experimental results to others in the form of a scientific paper and an oral presentation;


Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours49.00
Total Contact hours51.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Preparation and writing up of laboratory work, writing scientific paper, development of research skills, oral presentation and viva.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Demonstrators in lab
Laboratory book of experiments/assignments
Careers assignment

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral PresentationPresentation/Viva15.00
PracticalPractical (Lab Writeups)70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 20/01/2022


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