PHY2028 : Laboratory and Professional Skills in Physics

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for Portfolio
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion86:0048:00Report Writing
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical183:0054:00Laboratory sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Professional Skills seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops15:005:00Group work, teambuilding and communication
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery120:102:00Office hours
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study175:0075:00Other independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Information is provided through the use of laboratory sheets and lecturer based instruction for key principles. Students self learn through the practical exercises to achieve the specific learning outcomes for that activity (e.g. error analysis). Office hours (two per week) provide an opportunity for more direct contact between individual students and the lecturer: a typical student might spend between one and two hours over the course of the module, either individually or as part of a group.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M25Career management portfolio made up of a report of the current graduate landscape, a selection of one career idea & an annotated USP
Practical/lab report2M37Practical Lab Best 3 out of 4 Lab reports mark average
Practical/lab report1M30Practical lab book (includes preliminary tasks and quizzes)
Practical/lab report2M8Media communication report
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
EssayMReflective writing piece/submission of development ideas
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.

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