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Project & Research Skills - PHY00025M

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  • Department: Physics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Richard Evans
  • Credit value: 60 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21
  • Notes: This is an independent study module

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

The MPhys project is an individual open-ended scientific investigation. Each project has a specific academic supervisor who will give guidance and assistance as needed at regular supervisory meetings. A list of the projects on offer for each academic year is made available towards the end of Term 3 of the preceding academic year. Projects will be offered in areas specific to your degree programme.

The project builds on the expertise that you have already acquired in previous years. The aim is to develop your ability to design, carry out and report on an extended scientific investigation. The project will provide an opportunity for creativity and original thought on your part.

Module learning outcomes

To plan, design, carry out and report on an extended research project investigation.

Whilst doing this you will develop the following skills:

  • the ability to investigate an area of physics relevant to your specialist area [Experimental, Astrophysics, Physics with Philosophy, Maths and Physics, or Theoretical Physics] in a systematic way using appropriate critical assessment of literature sources, experimental, observational, computational, theoretical, and/or mathematical techniques
  • the ability to work independently and plan and organise effectively to achieve the project goals
  • to collaborate with project partners (internal and external) and with other research group members
  • to acquire and critically assess original source references from databases and libraries [published scientific papers, books, etc.]
  • to systematically and contemporaneously record the project work carried out in a paper (hard-bound) or electronic notebook
  • to research and write background material
  • to use advanced research methods and techniques to conduct a scientific investigation
  • to assess the significance of your project outcomes against what is already known in the area of your project topic via a critical assessment of the literature
  • to communicate the project outcomes in a final written report
  • to communicate the project outcomes in oral form (conference presentation and VIVA examination)

Module content

For further details see the MPhys Project Student Handbook and assessment pro forma, which will be available on the VLE.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Lab book
N/A 5
Essay/coursework
Lab book and progress
N/A 25
Essay/coursework
Project conference talk and poster presentation
N/A 5
Essay/coursework
Project report / dissertation
N/A 40
Essay/coursework
Viva examination
N/A 25

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Lab book
N/A 5
Essay/coursework
Lab book and progress
N/A 25
Essay/coursework
Project conference talk and poster presentation
N/A 5
Essay/coursework
Project report / dissertation
N/A 40
Essay/coursework
Viva examination
N/A 25

Module feedback

Module feedback will be provided verbally and on written assessment forms for all formative components. Supervision meetings will provide regular and formal contact with the project supervisor for feedback and discussions on lab-book keeping and written work, including project report drafts, as well as preparation for the MPhys conference. Students will have the opportunity to discuss all aspects of the feedback in detail with their project supervisors at these regular supervision meetings, reflect on this feedback, and with the supervisor's guidance, suggest means of feedback implementation. Students will also be able to acquire feedback on their general progress, report any issues and request/receive further clarification on any aspect of the project module. For further details see the MPhys Project Student Handbook, which will be available on the VLE.

Indicative reading

Reading recommendations - will be advised by the project supervisor as appropriate



The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

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