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Department of Physics, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

PH40065: Final year project (MSci)

Click here for further information Credits: 12
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Academic Year
Click here for further information Assessment: OT 25%, PR 75%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
The aims of this unit are to provide students with the opportunity to investigate in depth an aspect or application of physics, and to develop experimental and/or computational skills complementary to those developed in lecture courses.

Learning Outcomes:
While taking this unit the student should be able to:
* demonstrate the ability to plan the project and to manage their time appropriately;
* research the background to the project using academic journals, textbooks and computer-based resources;
* demonstrate a thorough understanding of the theory and background to the project;
* demonstrate clear innovation and initiative in carrying out the project;
* demonstrate industry and motivation in carrying out the project;
* for an experimental project, demonstrate good practical skills in the construction of apparatus and circuits, and in data measurement and interpretation;
* for a computational project, design, write and test computer programs to simulate the physical system under study, and interpret the results from these programs;
* rigorously analyse the results from their project and critically evaluate their work in relation to other published work.

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.

Final year projects offered cover a wide range of physics and most reflect the research or teaching interests of academic staff. Projects may be related to the Department's externally sponsored research projects (funded by the Research Councils, public companies, and UK government or EU agencies), with the development of undergraduate experiments, or with the investigation of topics relating to physics education.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

PH40065 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Physics
  • USXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Mathematics and Physics (Full-time) - Year 4

PH40065 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 4

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