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Undergraduate Course: Research Methods in Physics (PHYS10081)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaUndergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website WebCT Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course allows students to gain experience and acquire the general research skills essential for academic and research study, whilst at the same time extending and consolidating their knowledge of physics. These skills are key foundations for project work later in the degree programme and valuable in life beyond undergraduate study; in research, industry or business.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Physics 2A (PHYS08022) AND Physics 2B (PHYS08023)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class Week 1, Wednesday, 09:00 - 10:50, Zone: King's Buildings. LTC - JCMB
Additional information Workshop sessions periodically throughout the year with additional support classes as needed.
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to

Create a succinct summary of a previously-studied topic in introductory Physics
Give a scientific presentation, using appropriate visuals
Use the literature and the web to find, and evaluate, scientific information
Determine what it is that they do not yet know, but need to know in order to carry out a task
Use bibliographic search engines to find relevant scientific papers, their cited papers and their citations.
Evaluate information critically from different sources, and use this to inform a scientific argument or overview
Present such an argument or overview as a piece of scientific writing
Be competent in the use of MAPLE as a tool for symbolic algebra manipulation and problem-solving
Work independently and as part of a collaborative team
Manage their time and studying in the context of other courses and demands
Reflect on the development of their own skills: identify strengths, weaknesses and strategy for enhancement.
Assessment Information
Reseach a topic and presentation exercise - 20%
Review of a scientific article - 25%
Solving Mathematical problems with Maple - 30%
Scientific writing - 25%
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus & Preparation and delivery of a scientific presentation
& Creation of a succinct summary of a previously-studied topic in introductory Physics
& Searching the literature to identify, and evaluate, scientific information relevant to understanding a topic in hand
& Critical evaluation of information from different sources to inform a scientific argument
& The use of MAPLE as a tool for symbolic algebra manipulation and problem-solving
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsRMeth
Contacts
Course organiserDr Richard Blythe
Tel: (0131 6)50 5105
Email: R.A.Blythe@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Laura Gonzalez-Rienda
Tel: (0131 6)51 7067
Email: l.gonzalez@ed.ac.uk
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