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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS3181 Group Industrial Project

15 creditsClass Size: 14

Module manager: Dr Samantha Pugh

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

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Enrolment for this module is by application only. Please speak to the Module Leader, Dr Samantha Pugh, if you wish to enrol for this module as places are very limited.

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS3605Physics in Schools
PHYS5182MAdvanced Group Industrial Project
PHYS5440MAdvanced Physics in Schools

Module replaces

PHYS 3180 Group Industrial Project

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to investigate, as a group, an aspect or application of physics or mathematics in response to a ‘real-life’ scientific problem set in an industrial, commercial or research context.
The module aims to develop experimental, computational and/or problem solving skills complementary to those developed in lecture and practical modules, and to enhance transferable skills such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving, self-directed learning and project management. It aims to give students an insight into the application of physics and/or mathematics within an industrial/commercial/research setting and, to enable them to gain a better understanding of career opportunities available to them.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be better able to:
Research the background to a project using academic journals, textbooks and other text-based and computer-based resources;
Synthesise knowledge and understanding of physics and/or mathematics to formulate a solution to a real-life problem posed by an industrial ‘client’;
Demonstrate good experimental, computational and/or analytical skills, as appropriate to the project;
Demonstrate motivation, innovation and initiative;
Work successfully within a team;
Prepare and deliver an oral presentation and write a report on the outcomes of the work, appropriate for the stated audience.
Articulate the skills and the competencies that they have developed during the module.

Skills outcomes
Problem solving
Application of Physics


Industry team projects are carried out in teams of 4-6 students in response to real-life scientific problems posed by an industrial client. The students will have to apply their knowledge of physics and mathematics to the tackling of these problems, which will involve experimental investigation or modelling of an application of physics or mathematics. The students will be acquainted with the project brief by the client and work on the project under the facilitation of an academic. Assessment is carried out by means of an oral presentation and a written report, a copy of which is provided to the industrial client.
There will be:
skills development sessions early on in the module (including project management, teamwork and commercial awareness and, possible industrial guest speakers);
some sessions with the companies setting the projects, but largely independent team working, with supervision and guidance provided as needed by academic staff.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours127.00
Total Contact hours23.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Private research for the project and personal reflective summary; 83 hours
Group research for project; 45 hours
Students are expected to meet as a group for up to 45 hours in order to
prepare materials for the presentation and report.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through participation in group meetings and via the academic project supervisor

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectGroup Report60.00
Presentation15 min group presentation20.00
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: 29/04/2022 15:31:38


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