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Unit information: Industry Placement Condensed Matter Physics in 2015/16

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Unit name Industry Placement Condensed Matter Physics
Unit code PHYSM0031
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 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 instead of the Group Problem Solving and Exploratory Research Project II units. This unit comprises a period spent in an industrial placement, involving work with a company guided on a day-to-day basis by an industrial supervisor and under the general supervision of an academic supervisor, and completion of an industrial project. The aim of this unit is to provide students with additional knowledge and skills derived from spending a period in industry as well offering an insight into the use of condensed matter physics and the experience of physicists in a commercial environment. In addition to their knowledge of physics, the industrial placement will add the discipline of time-management, individual responsibility within team-working, an understanding of commercial pressures and entrepreneurial skills. Students will complete an industrial project of equivalent standard to that taken by students in the Exploratory Research Project II unit .

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

  • address new and unfamiliar technical problems,
  • work together in a team to solve a problem,
  • write up or present results.

They will have a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of:

  • an industrial-related research project which has been completed alone or with a partner,
  • the way in which condensed matter physics is used in an industrial or commercial environment,
  • the value of teamwork,
  • improved time-management,
  • the pressures of working within budget and to time,
  • the importance of good communications.

Teaching Information

The unit will run for 6 weeks with students embedded in the company for the duration. Students will maintain regular contact with the Department through an academic supervisor (member of the CDT) but work full-time (35+ hours per week) at an industrial placement under the management of an industrial supervisor.

Assessment Information

Assessment of the industrial work is on a day-to-day basis by the Industrial supervisor. Assessment of placement is through a short written report (around 2000 words) due after completion of the placement. Students will be assessed on their written report and day-to-day performance (85%) as well as their contribution to the group work in the company project (15%). They will be marked by a CDT member of staff who will be partly informed by the Industrial supervisor.

Reading and References

Provided by academics/Partners involved and identified by students.