Undergraduate Course: Telescope Group Project (PHYS11059)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This is a group project for Senior Honours students on the Astrophysics degree programmes, using the IfA's 20-inch telescope.
The 'Telescope Group Project' is exactly what its name suggests. Students will work in groups, typically between 4 and 6, to carry out a project based around the Institute for Astronomy's 20-inch telescope. The datasets obtained will be combined with data from the literature in order to derive a fundamental measurement. Students will be given a choice from different projects and will plan, carry out, and analyse the observations and literature data. Their results will be presented both as a written report and an oral presentation.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 18,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 60,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||30% Project Performance and Management
50% Project Report
20% Project Presentation
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Work efficiently as part of a team, to carry out an advanced, multi-faceted project.
- Plan and execute imaging observations of an astronomical target, and carry out a detailed analysis of the resultant data.
- Prepare a full report, written at a level readily understood by other Senior Honours Physics students, which includes a concise summary of the relevant literature, the pertinent aspects of the method, and a critical discussion of the results and conclusions.
- 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Philip Best
Tel: (0131 6)68 8358
|Course secretary||Miss Paula Wilkie
Tel: (0131) 668 8403