PHYC30370 Study Abroad Physics Labs (5)

Academic Year 2021/2022

The module is undertaken in a laboratory designed to provide an educational environment where students are exposed to experimental projects which both support and complement material which they encounter in their lecture courses. The module requires that each student attend a series of introductory sessions and complete 2 experimental mini-projects, one of which is related to the introductory material. The set up of the laboratory encourages students to actively engage with the physics contents of their work. Students will be given introductory sessions covering techniques they will require and are expected to attend for all timetabled hours (6 hours/week). The experiments, covering a wide range of topics, are designed in such a way that the best students are challenged, and motivated students allowed to pursue their own extensions. Students are required to work in teams to debate a Physics topic and must write an accompanying abstract for a lay audience. Students are also introduced to risk assessment. The ethos of the laboratory is one that encourages students to ask questions and the aim is to provide a supportive environment in which students are secure enough to take full advantages of the educational opportunities on offer.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Specific learning outcomes include familiarisation with a wide range of experimental equipment and techniques used in research and industry, development of programming skills applied to the interfacing of computers to scientific equipment and physical simulation, application of data analysis methods (including curve fitting and statistics) to experimental data, and the development of a capability to carry out a complete experimental project from the planning/setting-up stage to the production of a report/publication detailing the results.The practical laboratory also provides a natural environment for students to develop their transferable skills. These include time management, report writing, critical thinking, experimental planning, problem solving, oral presentation and co-operative work.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Laboratories

66

Specified Learning Activities

46

Total

112

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
As per module descriptor 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

The module is designed for students who have physics laboratory experience.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Continuous Assessment Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

20

Lab Report: Laboratory reports Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

80


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is provided on completion of each report and oral assessment through the module.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Luis Leon Vintro Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Thomas McCormack Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor John Quinn Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Emma Sokell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Paul Hanratty Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Autumn
     
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Thurs 14:00 - 16:00
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 14:00 - 17:50
Autumn
     
Spring
     
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 14:00 - 16:00
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 14:00 - 17:50
Spring