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Module

PHY3034 : Theoretical Project

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Graeme Sarson
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To enhance the student's understanding of Physics and physical concepts through the completion of a project based on theoretical concepts in physics 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 theoretical 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 presentation and final report. The report shall not exceed the equivalent of 4000 words.

Each student will be required to give a poster presentation of their work to their second examiner, to assess their ability to communicate technical concepts to the non-specialist audience and answer technical questions relating to their work.

A list of projects is made available in the School at the end of Semester 2 of the previous year.

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 completion150:0050:00Report
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Poster preparation and presentation
Guided Independent StudyProject work1210:00120:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision101:0010:00Supervisory meeting
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation152M20Poster presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M804000 words max
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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