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Unit information: Group Project in 2021/22

Unit name Group Project
Unit code PHYSM0026
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Larrosa
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

Students will work in groups of about five to propose a solution to a problem posed by industrial partners. Students will be assigned to groups so that the groups have a balance of scientists and engineers. This activity will foster team work skills and the problems set will be chosen to have a wide scope so that students will be expected to consider the social and economic consequences of their solutions and not just the technical aspects.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

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

Teaching Information

This unit is largely student led.

Each group will be assigned a facilitator and the students will meet with them once a fortnight to discuss progress.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment

  • a 30 minute group presentation at the end of TB1 from which the students will receive formative feedback that will help them prepare for the research project presentation and group report.

Summative assessment

  • a 30 minute group presentation (40%)
  • a 5000 word group report (40%)
  • Group Project Supervisors' review on the student's relative contribution (20%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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