PHY8005 : Computational Research Skills in Physics
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Thomas Billam
- Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||26||1:00||26:00||Preparation of report|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||28||1:00||28:00||Guided self-study on workshop material|
|Guided Independent Study||Project work||30||1:00||30:00||Carry out mini-project using theory skills.|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||8||2:00||16:00||Workshops 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||60||Report on the mini-project. 1500 words max (including appendices and references), containing 2-4 figures|
|Written exercise||1||M||10||Exercises on mini module 1|
|Written exercise||1||M||10||Exercises on mini module 2|
|Written exercise||1||M||10||Exercises on mini module 3|
|Written exercise||1||M||10||Exercises 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.