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Unit information: Practical Physics 301 in 2019/20

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Unit name Practical Physics 301
Unit code PHYS39010
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Sarua
Open unit status Not open

120 credit points at Level I/5 in Physics, Physics with Astrophysics, joint honours Mathematics and Physics or Physics and Philosophy, or Chemical Physics programmes.



School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit (Laboratory Work) requires the student to complete one research-based experiment under the guidance of a supervisor, thereby developing additional experience of modern instrumental techniques, learning to solve advanced experimental problems, developing fault-finding and correction skills and as preparation for the Level M/7 research project.


To develop additional experimental skills in the context of experimental modules closely linked to current research activities in the department. To develop improved confidence in handling advanced equipment and improve fault-finding and correction skills.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of this unit students will:

  • have greater awareness of the research in certain groups in the department;
  • have greater confidence and improved experimental skills in handling advanced research-based equipment.

Teaching details

Each experiment is supervised by an academic who introduces, oversees and advises on the experiment. Experiments are usually taken in pairs.

Assessment Details

Assessment is done by the supervisor, who evaluates the day-to-day work, the work-book and final report. The mark for the work is obtained by assessing these components in the following criteria: scientific content; quality of experimental work; and communication skills. Marks and feedback are provided in writing and verbally during the meeting with the supervisor. The head of the laboratory unit reads all feedback forms and moderates marks if necessary.

Reading and References

Material appropriate to the specific experiment will be provided.