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Undergraduate Course: MPhys Project (PHYS11016)

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 5 Undergraduate) Credits40
Home subject areaUndergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe MPhys Project aims to help you to identify and cultivate the technical, personal, and presentation skills needed to work successfully in a physics-based research/development environment.
During the project, you work on your own under the supervision of your Supervisor. The function of the Supervisor is initially to define the project and then to give advice as your work proceeds. However, it should be understood that the project must be a reflection of your own work and ideas.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: MPhys Project Presentation (PHYS11049)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements At least 80 credit points accrued in courses of SCQF Level 9 or 10 drawn from Schedule Q.
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 There are no set working hours; project work should be the equivalent of two working days per week, including regular meetings with Supervisor.
Course Start Date 15/09/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 40, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 120, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 232 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 63 %, Practical Exam 37 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, it is expected that students will:
1)have learnt how to conduct a comprehensive search of the literature relevant to a research topic and to select and summarise the crucial aspects of the relevant literature
2)have gained experience of the organisation and completion of an extended research project where the results and outcomes are not defined at the beginning
3)have learnt how to organise, keep and use a comprehensive log book of the work done in the project
4)have learnt how to write a full report including a concise summary of the relevant literature, the pertinent aspects of the method and a critical discussion of the results and conclusions
5)have gained experience of working in a research group environment and interacting in a professional manner with research scientists
Assessment Information
Supervisor's grade of Project Performance, 37.5%
Supervisor's grade of Project Report, 25%
Second Marker's grade of Project Report, 37.5%
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Study Abroad Not entered
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Course organiserDr Victoria Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 7042
Course secretaryMiss Paula Wilkie
Tel: (0131) 668 8403
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