BEng/MEng Electrical, Electronic & Mechatronic Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year

Year of entry: 2023

Course unit details:
Waves and Particles Phys 3

Course unit fact file
Unit code FOUN10072
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Faculty of Science and Engineering
Available as a free choice unit? No


An introduction to oscillations, waves, atomic and nuclear Physics  


The aim is to introduce students to oscillations, waves, atomic and nuclear Physics.

Teaching and learning methods

24 Lectures & 11 Tutorials  

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles with regard to topics covered.
  • Use specialist vocabulary as appropriate.

Intellectual skills

  • Analyse and interpret data in diagrammatic, graphical, numerical, symbolic and verbal form.
  • Adapt their knowledge to novel and unfamiliar situations
  • Perform relevant calculations 

Practical skills

  • Undertake on-line laboratory simulations as appropriate

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Import mathematical knowledge and skills into the study of physics. 

Employability skills

Analytical skills
The ability to analyse and interpret data and information is a key skill in understanding the content of the Physics units.
Problem solving
A wide variety of different types of problems are used to test and develop the students' knowledge. In addition to reinforcing their understanding of specific physical concepts, students learn and practice a range of general strategies for solving problems.
The physics taught in these units is applicable to a very broad range of disciplines and vocational areas.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 80%
Written assignment (inc essay) 20%

Feedback methods

  • Marked coursework tests returned (usually the following week).
  • Examination scripts can be viewed by arrangement at a specified date 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 24
Tutorials 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 63

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jonathan Sly Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Assessment Methods 

80% of unit grade
2 hour unseen examination

20% of unit grade
Homework Assignments and In-Class Tests TBC

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