MPhys Physics

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
General Physics Skills

Course unit fact file
Unit code PHYS30302
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


General Physics Skills


The pre-requisites are all first and second year core except PHYS10191. Additionally, students must have have taken either PHYS30101 or 30201.


Provide students with the skill set necessary to answer questions in general and applied physics particularly where the questions cross boundaries between the traditional physics domains of Classical and Quantum Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Statistical and Thermal Physics, Waves and Optics, Subatomic Physics and Astronomy, etc.

Develop group-working skills and build confidence in real-world problem solving.

Develop the ability to solve problems numerically.

Learning outcomes

Analyse real-word physics problems and determine which area(s) of physics are most relevant particularly where problems cross boundaries between traditional disciplines.

Make suitable order-of-magnitude approximations and use these to determine the approach to problem solving.

Apply numerical or computational approaches to find a solution to a real-world problem.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, in-course reading, in-course assignment, examination.
Piazza discussion board and online materials from core course units.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 5%
Written exam 70%
Project output (not diss/n) 25%

Project Output (not dissertation) is group work project and poster.

Other is completion of skills audit, and effort at example classes.

Written exam is 1.5 hour exam.

* Other

10% Tutorial Work/attendance 

25% Group work 


Feedback methods

Feedback will be offered by examples class tutors based on examples sheets.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 76.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Mark Hughes Unit coordinator

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