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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Physics and Astronomy : Postgraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Postgraduate Course: Research Skills for Theoretical Physics (PGPH11086)

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 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaPostgraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis second-semester course is compulsory for all students on the MSc programmes in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics. Students will develop their research skills through a set of exercises which include written and oral analyses of recent research papers. This will impact on their choice of MSc dissertation topic.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 2, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 85 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After completion of the first part of the course, students will be able to

- Understand and critically review a paper in the research literature via a written report.

After completion of the second part of the course, will have

- understood in detail an extended theoretical derivation in one or more research papers
- understood the underlying physical principles;
- communicated this understanding orally.
- Chosen a topic for their dissertation and completed an initial time-plan for the project
Assessment Information
100% continuous assessment
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus This course consists of several exercises, each of which will develop the students┐ research skills:

1. Review of recent research papers in theoretical or mathematical physics: reading and comprehending the papers; explanation of the papers┐ content to the student┐s peers; writing a short report.
2. Detailed analysis of one or more research papers in a specialised area, preferably related to the student┐s MSc Dissertation; oral examination.
3. Choice of general area of MSc Dissertation; project planning ┐ topic of dissertation; aims and objectives, with realistic targets, including dates.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsRSTP
Contacts
Course organiserProf Anthony Kennedy
Tel: (0131 6)50 5272
Email: Tony.Kennedy@ed.ac.uk
Course secretary Yuhua Lei
Tel: (0131 6) 517067
Email: yuhua.lei@ed.ac.uk
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