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Unit information: Practical Physics 301 in 2015/16

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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. Furqaan Yusaf
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 be able to:

  • 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 marks the day-to-day work, the work-book and holds a final interview, and an assessor, who marks the experimental report. A moderator reads all the reports and moderates these marks, if necessary. The mark for the work is the sum of that from the supervisor and the moderated assessment of the report.

Reading and References

Material appropriate to the specific experiment will be provided.