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PHYS2002 Experimental Physics (for Astrophysics)

20 creditsClass Size: 50

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


PHYS2380Maths 4- Transforms and Partial Differential Equations

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS2001Experimental Physics
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 hours125.00
Total Contact hours75.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

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 skills10.00
Oral PresentationPresentation10.00
ReportCareers skills (to include CV)5.00
PracticalPractical (Lab Writeups)60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 22/07/2022 14:52:13


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