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Unit information: Practical Physics Additional Laboratory in 2018/19

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Unit name Practical Physics Additional Laboratory
Unit code PHYS30026
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Sarua
Open unit status Not open

Relevant second year practical physics unit.



School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit 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 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:

  • 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 evaluates the day-to-day work, the work-book and final report. The mark for the work is obtained by assessing these components in the following criteria: scientific content; quality of experimental work; and communication skills. Marks and feedback are provided in writing and verbally during the meeting with the supervisor. The head of the laboratory unit reads all feedback forms and moderates marks if necessary.

Reading and References

Material appropriate to the specific experiment will be provided.