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PHYS2001 Experimental Physics

30 creditsClass Size: 170

Module manager: Dr Satoshi Sasaki

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Passes in at least one of PHYS1060 or PHYS1110 or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS2002Experimental Physics (for Astrophysics)
PHYS2003Experimental Physics (For NatSci & Joint Honours)

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
- Execute and analyse the results of an experiment and evaluate the level of uncertainty in results.
- Communicate in writing or orally the results of their work or other scientific information.
- Present their skills and qualifications in a format for a future job


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;
- Be better prepared for job and placement applications

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours189.00
Total Contact hours111.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Preparation and writing up of laboratory work, writing scientific paper, careers assignment, 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
ReportScientific paper10.00
ReportResearch skills5.00
PracticalPractical (Lab Writeups)70.00
AssignmentCareers skills (to include CV)5.00
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: 28/03/2023


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