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Unit information: Extended Project in 2016/17

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Unit name Extended Project
Unit code PHYSM3403
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Seddon
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This is a mandatory 60 cp unit for both the 180 cp MRes programme in Functional Nanomaterials, and of the MSc in Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials. It will be an independent research project of 5 months duration, building on earlier taught and practical training allowing students to hone and refine independent research skills.

Aims The overarching aim of the unit is for the student to develop independent research skills. Additionally, the students will put into practice the interdisciplinary research acumen acquired throughout other parts of the programmes.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The student will undertake an original research project and will be able to:

  • design experiments;
  • demonstrate time management skills
  • plan a personal research project;
  • apply techniques necessary for experiments;
  • analyse data and propose theories for experimental observations
  • write-up work for reporting purposes

Teaching Information

Supervised independent research project.

Assessment Information

Formative assessment will be given by the project supervisory team after one month of the project when the student will submit a 1,000 word literature survey and outline research plan for the remainder of the project. Summative assessment will be by Thesis (6,000-10,000 words), as outlined in the University guidelines on taught programmes ( Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes).

Reading and References

Detailed references and reading will be provided by the academic supervisor responsible for each Extended Project.