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Module

PHY3025 : Group Project

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Toby Hallam
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To enhance the ability of the student to undertake a project as part of a team, working to time scales, develop understanding in an area of physics beyond those taught in the degree programme.

Outline Of Syllabus

A group assignment involving investigation of a physics-based problem or scenario and involving programming, research and analytical skills. The project specification is scaffolded by a base programming task with details determined by students. Guidance is provided by an academic staff advisor who assists in project management and monitoring. Groups of three to six students are involved with each project, and a major part of the work is concerned with group organisation and interfacing of individuals' efforts. Fortnightly formal progress meetings are monitored by academic staff advisor. Assessment of the project is via recorded presentation, and final group report. Participation is assessed by academic staff advisor with input from students in a round-table debrief meeting.

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 completion110:0010:00Preparation of project report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation of project presentation
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity93:0027:00Project meetings with group members, zoom or in person.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision51:005:00Project meetings with supervising academic member of staff via zoom.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study148:0048:00Independent study for project
Total100:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
PHY3039Group Project (MPhys)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Delivery will follow usual format, student-led group meetings will be carried out online with a timetable devised by students.
Usual project plan assessment is removed due to the reduced semester length, this is replaced by a deeper focus on team management in scheduled meetings.
Academic group advisors will hold group meetings on 5 fixed occasions through the semester to allow for more appropriate assessment of group participation. Final session will be a debrief discussion group to address participation.

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
Research paper1M50Main project report submitted as a group
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Observation - project participation
Oral Examination1M30Recorded presentation submitted as a group
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Report and assessment is in keeping with the usual assessment.
Presentation is recorded and marker feedback will be provided.
Peer assessment component is replaced by advisor teamwork assessment. This is chosen as COVID provides challenging conditions for group working.

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