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PHY3034 : Theoretical Project

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Danielle Leonard
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To enhance the student's understanding of Physics and physical concepts through the completion of a project and to enhance professional skills, such as communication.
This module offers students the opportunity to explore an aspect of (theoretical) physics under the guidance of an expert.

Outline Of Syllabus

An individual assignment leading to an original investigation of an aspect of physics, involving multi-disciplinary skills. The overall theme of the project will be provided by an academic member of staff (project supervisor) who will assist in project monitoring. Assessment of the project, by the supervisor and second examiner, is via a poster and final report. The report shall not exceed the equivalent of 4000 words.
Each student will be required to present their work-in-progress via an academic poster, to assess their ability to communicate technical concepts to the non-specialist audience.
A list of projects is made available in the School at the end of Semester 2 of the previous year.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Poster preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Report
Guided Independent StudyProject work1210:00120:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops11:001:00Peer discussion class, week four
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision91:009:00Supervisory meetings
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The project is an appropriate way to develop independent investigation skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M804000 words max
Poster2M20Academic Poster
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment of the in-depth understanding of the topic is best undertaken with a report which allows both breadth and depth to be evaluated. The report is intended to be a professional document that allows students to practise their professional skills.

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