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Department of Physics, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

PH30038: MPhys laboratory (12-credit)

Click here for further information Credits: 12
Click here for further information Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take PH20021 and in taking this unit you cannot take PH30089
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to develop skills involved with data collection, analysis and interpretation through performing four extended experiments with research-grade apparatus.

Learning Outcomes:
While taking this unit the student should be able to:
* become familiar with the safe and effective use of advanced equipment;
* use appropriate methods for signal reduction and data analysis;
* demonstrate enthusiasm, industry and motivation in carrying out the experiments and managing the available time;
* show initiative in developing and performing the experiments
* keep a laboratory logbook;
* modify or develop apparatus and/or advanced techniques of data analysis, in consultation with members of staff;
* be able to consider and to propose further extension or development of the experiments performed;
* carry out a survey of research literature and other resources, to provide background material for the reports;
* write detailed technical reports on two of the experiments, displaying an appropriate level of content, style and structure;
* prepare and deliver oral presentations on two of the experiments and answer questions relating to the presentation.

Written 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.

Four experiments are chosen from a number offered, most reflecting the research interests of academic staff.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

PH30038 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Physics
  • USPH-AFM02 : MPhys Physics (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USPH-AFM04 : MPhys Physics with Research Placement (Full-time) - Year 3

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.