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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 2023/24

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.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Follow instructions and use simple laboratory apparatus safely to obtain results within the time allowed.
2. Record experimental details and present results in a clear, concise and accurate manner.
3. Perform simple mathematical manipulations of data by hand or using appropriate software packages, including analysis of uncertainties.
4. Critically analyse results and formulate a conclusion.
5. Present scientific concepts, results and methodology in extended formal scientific English with illustrations and figures and references to literature sources as necessary.
6. Manage time and plan work to meet deadlines.

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: 28/04/2023 14:55:12


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