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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS5182M Advanced Group Industrial Project

15 creditsClass Size: 10

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

PHYS3181Group Industrial Project
PHYS3605Physics in Schools
PHYS5440MAdvanced Physics in Schools

Module replaces

PHYS 3180 Group Industrial Project

This module is not approved as an Elective


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 as a team.
Articulate the skills and the competencies that they have developed during the module.
Individually demonstrate commercial awareness and understand the business environment in which their research is embedded

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

A large proportion of the module relies on the students using their initiative to arrange meetings as a group outside of the scheduled sessions.
Students will need to research and write up individual pieces of writing that contribute to the group effort.
Additionally, students will need to write and research both the background business environment (detailed in the learning outcomes) and the individual reflective summary.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Through participation in group meetings and via the academic project supervisor. Students give a formative presentation at the end of semester one, where they are given feedback on the presentation by the module leader.
Students are invited to submit sections of their written report well in advance of the final deadline (early in semester 2) to receive feedback on the quality and style of the writing.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectExecutive summary and portfolio of work40.00
Oral Presentation15 min group presentation25.00
Report1,000 words reflective summary10.00
ReportIndividual business report. 1500 words25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resit would be resubmission of all individual components, carrying forward the mark for group work. In the situation that they had done so little that this would not allow them to meet the pass mark or in the case of a first attempt resit, students would have to resit the module the following year. 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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