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PH40024: Contemporary 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: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 90%, OR 10%
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 have taken an appropriate selection of year 1 and year 2 Physics units.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to increase the breadth and depth of students’ knowledge and understanding of some recent developments in Physics research and, in doing so, to develop their literature searching, writing and oral presentation skills.

Learning Outcomes:
While taking this unit the student should be able to:
* critically review the research literature and synthesise the results of previously conducted research in some areas of contemporary Physics;
* explain in detail both the principles of the fundamental underlying physics and the current state of the research fields in these areas;
* demonstrate good time management skills in allocating appropriate amounts of time for the planning, research and writing of reports;
* carry out literature searching methods for academic journals and computer-based resources in order to research the topics studied;
* develop the ability to extract and assimilate relevant information from a wide range of sources;
* develop structured report writing and oral presentation skills.

Written Communication T/F A, Spoken Communication T/F A, Information Technology T/F A.

This unit will be based on three seminars from Physics academics, who will introduce topics of current research interest. Students then research and write technical reports on each of these topics. They will also give an oral presentation on one of the topics and answer questions on their presentation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PH40024 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 5
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 5

* 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.