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Module

PHY2028 : Laboratory and Professional Skills in Physics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Toby Hallam
  • Lecturer: Dr Tiago Marinheiro, Miss Amy Kinsman, Dr Aleksey Kozikov
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To raise awareness of and develop students' transferable Physics career management skills.

To enable students to utilise current careers information to help make future careers decisions.

To reflect and market their employability attributes in job applications.

To introduce and enhance practical skills through the use of challenging experimental Physics.

To enable the student to demonstrate enhanced capabilities in terms of error analysis and good experimental technique.

To enhance scientific writing skills by reporting experimental Physics.

To continue the development of MatLab and LabView programming to enable the student to be able to use computing to support their learning and development.

The career management aspects of the module will develop students' understanding of what it means to be employable in the national and international labour market.

Outline Of Syllabus

Professional skills: employability attributes awareness and development, occupational/LMI awareness, marketability including application writing and interview techniques.

The experiments used in the laboratory portion of the module will be used to reinforce key aspects of Physics, including those covered in the Stage 2 taught modules.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Prof skills assessment writing
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion36:0018:00Report Writing
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion111:0011:00Lab Book Writing
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00Professional skills seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical93:0027:00S2 Laboratory Sessions
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities36:0018:00Asynchronous remote lab exercise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study125:0025:00Prof skills independent study
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study175:0075:00Lab independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time43:0012:00Synchronous remote lab exercises
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

S1 contains all-remote lab delivery through combination of take-home tasks and remote desktop/virtual experiments.
S2 has distanced in-person experiments

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M12Lab report 1,2,3 choose best 3 out of 4 submitted Lab reports
Practical/lab report2M12Lab report 1,2,3 choose best 3 out of 4 submitted Lab reports
Practical/lab report2M13Lab report 1,2,3 choose best 3 out of 4 submitted Lab reports
Practical/lab report2M38Practical lab book (includes preliminary tasks and quizzes)
Prof skill assessmnt1M25Career management portfolio made up of a report of the current graduate landscape, a selection of one career idea & an annotated USP
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The laboratory sessions provide the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of laboratory Physics and the underlying skills.

The professional skills portfolio provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of LMI, careers research skills, self-awareness and practical applications of career management.

Lab book now online in OneNote workbook via Canvas.

Reading Lists

Timetable