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Unit information: Practical Physics 201 in 2019/20

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Unit name Practical Physics 201
Unit code PHYS29010
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Chris Bell
Open unit status Not open

PHYS10006, PHYS10005, PHYS10004 or equivalent.



School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science


Physics is a discipline which has observation and experimental validation at its heart. This unit is laboratory work, and continues the development of key experimental skills, the use of various standard pieces of apparatus and analysis of data. The experiments allow for student input into design and measurement. Transferable skills are included by having formal write-up of experiments and an assessment viva for each experiment.


To enable further familiarity with the techniques of experimental physics including experimental design, use of appropriate apparatus, collection and analysis of data. To give experience of report writing.

To receive credit for this unit, students must make a reasonable attempt at every aspect of the teaching and assessment, including any pre- and post-laboratory work, practical experiments, formal reports and workshop activities. Failure to do so may result in credit being withheld, even if the overall mark is above the pass mark for the unit.

Supplementary or resit assessment of this unit is only possible through engagement in the following academic year.

Intended learning outcomes

Able to use apparatus appropriately in order to allow meaningful results to be obtained. Understand some of the principles underlying the design of experiments. Understand the significance of a laboratory notebook, and the measurement and interpretation of data. Able to present the results of an experiment in a manner appropriate to a professional physicist.

Teaching details

Laboratory classes, lectures, viva.

Assessment Details

Mark for each experiment based on laboratory notebook and viva, formal write-up of one experiment.

Reading and References

To be advised.