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PH30099: Communicating physics

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 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 80%, OT 20%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Coursework reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: You must have taken an appropriate selection of Year 1 and Year 2 Physics and Mathematics units to take this unit. Students taking this unit will be required to have an up-to-date CRB check.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to train students in various aspects of physics communication. It aims to enhance students' transferable skills, particularly relating to communication, creativity, teamwork, independent lifelong learning and project management. It aims to give students the opportunity to participate in several communication events, develop their potential as communicators and explore the media and contexts with which they are most at ease.

Learning Outcomes:
While taking this unit the student should be able to:
* explore and use different methods and media for effective physics communication, taking into account aims, contexts and audiences;
* engage in outreach activities that involve interaction with children, school pupils and adults;
* develop awareness of child protection issues and health and safety at interactive events;
* design and carry out specific public engagement activities aimed at communicating the excitement and fun of physics;
* demonstrate initiative, creativity and industry;
* work successfully within a team;
* critically evaluate their work using a variety of techniques;
* give an oral presentation and prepare an evaluative portfolio, including descriptive and reflective commentaries on the activities carried out.

Written Communication T/F A, Spoken Communication T/F A, Team work T/F, Project planning/management T/F A, Evaluation T/F A, Problem Solving T/F A.

Students will explore techniques of communicating physics, which may include informal and interactive contexts (e.g. public hands-on outreach events, such as science fairs and IOP events), more structured settings (e.g. presentations within school lessons), or visual media (e.g. a poster, video or webpage). Students will have the opportunity to get involved in activities with schools and will interact with pupils and teachers, exploring the role of science teachers. Training will be provided on how to present to audiences ranging from primary school children, GCSE and A-level pupils to the general public.
Working individually and in teams, the students will identify and carry out several physics communication tasks. Students will design, structure and demonstrate hands-on activities from the STEM disciplines, taking part in events at local or national level, and exploring a range of methods and techniques for physics outreach and widening participation. Students will also be encouraged to research and take into account relevant aspects of the pedagogy of physics.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PH30099 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Physics
  • USXX-AFB03 : BSc (hons) Mathematics and Physics (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USXX-AKB04 : BSc (hons) Mathematics and Physics with Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • USXX-AAB04 : BSc (hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • 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
  • USPH-AFM02 : MPhys Physics (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USPH-AFM04 : MPhys Physics with Research Placement (Full-time) - Year 3
  • USXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Mathematics and Physics (Full-time) - Year 3

* 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.