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BSc Physics / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Yr3 Physics Laboratory Work (All Year)
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Third Year Laboratory (Core)
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Introduction to Quantum Mechanics||PHYS20101||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Introduction to Programming for Physicists||PHYS20161||Pre-Requisite||Optional|
|Mathematics of Waves and Fields||PHYS20171||Pre-Requisite||Optional|
|Fundamentals of Solid State Physics||PHYS20252||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
Identify hazards associated with apparatus developed by the student him/herself, and undertake a risk assessment.
Investigative/Problem Solving Skills
(i) Conduct and Initiative (planning, preparation, initiative)
Develop and extend prescribed experimental procedures.
(ii) Technical Expertise
Be able to handle sophisticated apparatus with confidence.
(iii) Recording and managing data
Keep professional quality records of laboratory work. Use computer aided data acquisition systems as appropriate.
Critically evaluate the results of an experiment, assess the significance of the experimental results compared to expected outcomes and draw valid conclusions.
ii) Evaluation of errors
Describe the sources of random and systematic error, calculate their effects on the results and evaluate ways of reducing the dominant error.
Link the experimental findings to underlying physics in lecture courses, textbooks and scientific journals.
(i) Oral presentation
Describe an experiment in a formal presentation using visual aids, defending procedures, results and interpretation.
(ii) Written presentation
Describe experiments in the style of a scientific paper and/ or in the form of a conference report.
|Practical skills assessment||100%|
Feedback will be offered:
Verbally by demonstrators in lab sessions,
Verbally and in writing by demonstrators when they mark each experiment during the interview
In writing for all lab reports
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment practical exam||2|
|Practical classes & workshops||160|
|Independent study hours|
|Michael Keith||Unit coordinator|