PHY8005 : Computational Research Skills in Physics

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The overall aim of the Module is to furnish the student with the advanced skills in scientific computation and theoretical methods relevant to their research project. The students will learn how to simulate relevant physical systems and will carry out a model study.

Outline Of Syllabus

Parallel programming and programming for graphical processor units
Introduction to Unix
Simulation software used within the research group
Completion of mini-project.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion261:0026:00Preparation of report
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading281:0028:00Guided self-study on workshop material
Guided Independent StudyProject work301:0030:00Carry out mini-project using theory skills.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops82:0016:00Workshops focussing on hands-on theory and computing skills
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Workshops will introduce students to computational and theoretical skills in a selection of four research topics, and provide immediate hands on application of the skills. For each workshop, guided reading will be provided for students to expand their understanding and knowledge of the topic, and exercise sheets will be provided to direct the students to engage with the material and practice their skills. An assessed mini project will be set for each research workshop to facilitate active learning of these skills, as well as critical thinking and reflection.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M60Report on the mini-project. 1500 words max (including appendices and references), containing 2-4 figures
Written exercise1M10Exercises on mini module 1
Written exercise1M10Exercises on mini module 2
Written exercise1M10Exercises on mini module 3
Written exercise1M10Exercises on mini module 4
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

For each workshop/research area, a summative exercise sheet will develop the students' understanding of each topic. A project, based on one of these topics, will test the students' understanding of the theory skills and their ability to apply them to a topical problem.

Reading Lists