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Unit information: Exploratory Research Project II in 2015/16

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Unit name Exploratory Research Project II
Unit code PHYSM0030
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Hayden
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This is an optional unit that may be taken (along with Group Problem Solving) instead of the Industry Placement unit. This unit consists of a second laboratory- or theory- based assignment designed to increase students' awareness of the breadth of condensed matter physics. The aim is to instil a multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving and inform their main project choices, while learning new experimental and theoretical techniques. Exposing students to a specific short-term project will broaden a student's research experience, stimulate innovative working practices and develop the students ability to think "outside the box" in their subsequent PhD project. Examples of Exploratory Research Projects include: using nanofabrication techniques for developing new probes capable of measuring the purest micron-sized single crystal samples or calculation of the quasi-particle properties of a new material.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • use a new experimental or theoretical technique
  • plan and execute a short research project
  • orally present a technical subject

Teaching Information

The unit will take place in research labs alongside post doctoral research fellows and students already engaged in PhD research. The students will undertake the Exploratory Research Projects in pairs, with the pairs chosen so that the students have complementary backgrounds and can thus learn from each other.

Assessment Information

Each student will prepare a 30 minute presentation.

Reading and References

References and reading will be provided by the academic members responsible for each Exploratory Research Project.