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Unit information: Industrial Group Project in 2015/16

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Unit name Industrial Group Project
Unit code PHYS30007
Credit points 30
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Cherns
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science


Group industrial projects will be based on real problems set by external clients, which are tackled by groups of 4-6 students. The students steer their own projects, managing their own small budget, and keeping formal minutes of regular project meetings which are fed back to an academic acting in a consultative role. At the end of the project, the students produce a joint report and presentation for their academic consultant and the client. Assessment has both group and individual elements. The aims are to give students

  1. A better understanding of the needs of industry and the opportunities available to them as physicists
  2. Experience of project management and teamwork
  3. An appreciation of financial and time limitations in projects
  4. Improved practical project skills
  5. Improved communication skills.

Intended learning outcomes

Students should be able to: Demonstrate teamwork skills, including management, setting objectives, organising tasks, delivering results, a joint report and presentation on time Run formal meetings, with timely minutes Demonstrate the skills needed to perform research in the project area, including practical skills needed for the project, computational skills, time management etc as required Write a joint report Give a presentation and liaise with the client and academic consultant Gain an appreciation of industrial needs and future opportunities.

Teaching details

Students are expected to work independently engaging their accademic supervisor and the client as neccessary.

Assessment Details

Formative Assessment: Feedback will be provided on the interim presentation Summative Assessment:

15% Group organisation

35% Group report

20% Group Presentation

30% Individual Contribution.

Reading and References

Reading will depend on the details of the project.