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PH30072: Problem-solving skills

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Physics
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 55%, OT 30%, PR 15%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take an appropriate selection of Year 1 and Year 2 physics units.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to enhance the problem-solving and self-directed learning skills of BSc Physics students. Working in small groups, the students will have to apply knowledge acquired during their study to the tackling of a comprehensive physical problem. After taking this unit the students should have acquired a sound understanding how to apply the mathematical tools put at their disposal to a general physical or engineering problem.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this unit the student should be able to:
* demonstrate an enhanced ability to solve problems in physics;
* formulate a complex physical problem to build a model using advanced mathematics;
* appreciate how different parts of classical and modern physics come together in real-world problems;
* demonstrate the ability to produce a report and presentation on a small research project or design study.

Written Communication T/F A, Numeracy T/F A, Information Technology T/F A, Problem Solving T/F A, Working as part of a group T/F A.

The project concerns the design of a space mission. The students will be acquainted with the theoretical description of this problem and the different parts of physics involved in a number of preliminary theoretical assignments. Work will be conducted in groups under the facilitation of an academic. Special topics include mission preparation, propulsion, navigation/communication, on-board electricity generation, cruise phase and encounter. Groups then tackle separate specific mission statements. Preparation of a final portfolio including a short presentation on the conclusions of the mission design will conclude the work.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PH30072 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Physics
  • USPH-AFB01 : BSc (hons) Physics (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USPH-AFB05 : BSc (hons) Physics with Computing (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USPH-AKB06 : BSc (hons) Physics with Computing (with Placement) (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • USPH-AAB06 : BSc (hons) Physics with Computing with Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • USPH-AKB02 : BSc (hons) Physics (with Placement) (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • USPH-AAB02 : BSc (hons) Physics with Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 4

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.