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PHYS2003 Experimental Physics (For NatSci & Joint Honours)

10 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Dr Satoshi Sasaki

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Passes in at least one of PHYS1060 or PHYS1110 or equivalent

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS2001Experimental Physics
PHYS2002Experimental Physics (for Astrophysics)

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
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Ability to plan, execute and analyse critically the results of laboratory experiments in core physics, processing software, demonstrating good experimental practice and time management, quality of record keeping with systematic and reliable recording of procedures and data, and evaluating the level of uncertainty in results.
2. Present scientific concepts, results and methodology in extended formal scientific English with illustrations and figures and references to literature sources as necessary.
3. Communicate complex concepts succinctly and coherently, defend results and methodology and answer related questions in one-to-one situations.
4. Manage time and plan work to meet deadlines.


Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours51.00
Total Contact hours49.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Preparation and writing up of laboratory work, writing scientific paper, 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
PracticalPractical (Lab Writeups)70.00
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: 28/04/2023 14:55:12


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