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Unit information: Exploratory Research Project I in 2015/16

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Unit name Exploratory Research Project I
Unit code PHYSM0029
Credit points 10
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 unit consists of a 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
  • plan and prepare a concise written technical report

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 one formal laboratory report (about 1500 words).

Reading and References

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