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PH20040: Professional placement

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Physics
Further information on credits Credits: 60      [equivalent to 120 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 1,200
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: OT 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
PH20040 - OT reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aims of this unit are for students to undertake a professional work programme, usually within physics or a related discipline, whilst placed at an approved laboratory or other organisation, and to develop transferable, personal and interpersonal skills relevant to a graduate physicist.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the placement year, the student should have demonstrated:
* the ability to apply knowledge and skills gained at the university to a work programme in a professional context;
* good personal skills in planning and time management, problem solving, decision making and team membership;
* good oral communication and presentation skills, including making a poster presentation at the departmental professional placement conference on the work carried out;
* sound record keeping and report writing skills, including writing a report on the work carried out during the placement and the context of this work in terms of the organisation's overall strategy.

Written Communication T/F A, Spoken Communication T/F A, Numeracy T/F A, Data Acquisition, Handling, and Analysis T/F A, Information Technology T/F A, Problem Solving T/F A, Working as part of a group T/F A, (Practical laboratory skills T/F A), Project planning/management T/F A.

The content varies from placement to placement. In choosing the placement, the university will try to ensure that the work programme offers adequate opportunities for the student to demonstrate competence in the following categories: Self-management and development, Managing tasks, Communicating clearly and effectively, Working with and relating to others, Applying knowledge and Applying initiative in work problems.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2020

PH20040 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Physics
  • USXX-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 3)
  • USPH-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Year long work placement (Year 3)
  • USPH-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Physics with Year long work placement (Year 3)
  • USPH-AKM11 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Professional and Research Placements (Year 3)
  • USPH-AKM10 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Professional Placement (Year 3)
  • USPH-AKM04 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Professional and Research Placements (Year 3)
  • USPH-AKM03 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Professional Placement (Year 3)
  • USXX-AKM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 3)