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

Undergraduate Course: Group Project (PHYS11011)

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 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaUndergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionEach team of four or five students will be required to research a physics-based topic, specified by a member of staff, who will act as supervisor. The groups will present their findings in oral and written forms. The project will be literature-based; students will collate and analyse existing information from a wide variety of sources.

For Astrophysics students, the project involves the planning, undertaking, and analysis of an observing programme with the Institute for Astronomy's 0.5m telescope.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Team Review Project (PHYS10046)
Other requirements At least 80 credit points accrued in courses of SCQF Level 9 or 10 drawn from Schedule Q.

Only for students on the following programmes of study:

Astrophysics (MPhys)
Computational Physics (MPhys)
Mathematical Physics (MPhys)
Physics (MPhys)
Theoretical Physics (MPhys)
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2014/15 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Seminars, as arranged.
Course Start Date 15/09/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 82 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
At the end of this project you should be able to:
1)research material on a given topic outwith the scope of your standard course work using library and on-line facilities and other resource materials
2)work as a team to gather and combine material from a wide range of sources
3)Exercise critical assessment of the project topic and arrive at a well-defended conclusion
4)hold formal team meetings and maintain minutes of such meetings
5)prepare your researched material as a report written at a level readily understood by your peers
6)present this same material in the form of a short oral presentation, as if at a conference, and respond to questions relating to this material
Assessment Information
Project management, 15%
Written report, 55%
Oral presentation, 30%
Special Arrangements
This course commences in November.
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr Will Hossack
Tel: (0131 6)50 5261
Course secretaryMiss Paula Wilkie
Tel: (0131) 668 8403
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