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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS0040 Physics Laboratory

10 creditsClass Size: 78

Module manager: Dr Emma Cochrane

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

This module is for non-Physics students.

GCSE Physics and Mathematics or equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is designed for students who have not had the opportunity of an A level education in Physics, and can teach you Physics to A level equivalent standards. The only prerequisite is GCSE level mathematics, or equivalent.PHYS0040 Physics Laboratory trains students in the experimental method, data analysis and the reporting of results.


On completion of this module you should be able to:
- perform an experiment with minimum supervision
- present results in a clear, concise and accurate manner
- perform simple mathematical manipulations of data and error analysis
- provide a critical analysis of their results
- use the WWW to obtain information from a wide number of sources and to write a coherent essay based on the information obtained.

Skills outcomes
- Report Writing
- Data Analysis
- Time Management
- Experiment Planning
- Computing


The first laboratory session will be a group experiment which will give students an introduction to Data Collection and Analysis.

The remaining five sessions will consist of a variety of experiments drawn from: Mechanics, Atomic Physics, Optics, Thermal Physics and Electromagnetism.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours1.50
Private study hours82.50
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Continuous monitoring through assessment tasks

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportLaboratory Report20.00
ReportLaboratory Report20.00
ReportLaboratory Report20.00
ReportLaboratory Report20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:31:37


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