PHYC40600 Physics with Astronomy and Space Science Laboratory II

Academic Year 2024/2025

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. Students will complete 6 experimental mini-projects. The set up of the laboratory encourages students to actively engage with the physics content of their work. 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. 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 can engage with experimental physics.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Specific learning outcomes include familiarisation with a widerange of experimental equipment and techniques used in research and industry,development of programming skills (Python) 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 acapability to carry out a complete experimental project from the planning/setting-upstage to the production of a report/publication detailing the results. The practicallaboratory also provides a natural environment for students to develop their transferableskills. These include time management, report writing, critical thinking, experimentalplanning, problem solving, oral presentation and co-operative work.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities




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

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
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 reports through the module. Early in the spring trimester, provisional results and feedback in general on their progress to date are available.

Name Role
Assoc Professor Luis Leon Vintro Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr Paul Hanratty Tutor