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PHYS1261 Laboratory 1a (Joint Honours)

5 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Simon Connell

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

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


At the start of the semester, students attend introductory lectures on error analysis/uncertainties in addition to being given the opportunity to gain experience using the software package Origin. The remaining sessions will consist of a variety of experiments drawn from: Atomic Physics, Optics, Thermal Physics and Electromagnetism.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours32.50
Total Contact hours17.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)50.00

Private study

Lab preparation, formal report, writing exercises, practical exam

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Laboratory notebooks and performance in the laboratory

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalFour Experiments75.00
ReportFormal Report25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students must submit a serious attempt at all assessments, in order to pass the module overall.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

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


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