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Postgraduate Course: Research Skills in Particle & Nuclear Physics (PGPH11103)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course is compulsory for all students on the MSc programme in Particle & Nuclear Physics. Students will develop their research skills through a set of exercises which include oral and written analyses of recent research papers, and a group review of a topical research area. Following the choice of the MSc dissertation topic, there is also an element of project preparation and planning in this course.
Course description This course is split over semesters 1 and 2 building core skills related to particle physics and nuclear physics experiments and theory. In the first part of the course a set of recent research papers will be reviewed, with students expected to give oral presentations to their peers in the style of conference reports, showing their understanding of the papers, and to also write a short review in the style of a referee. In the latter part of S1 and the first part of S2, there will be a group activity, reviewing a current research area and writing a report, along the lines of what might be requested by a funding agency. At the end of S1 the students will select an area for their dissertation. During the first half of S2 they do a literature survey relevant to the dissertation, and then have to provide a project plan describing the aims and objectives. In the second half of S2 they have to perform an initial study to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed project. The results of this study should be presented as a poster, and also given as an oral presentation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 6, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Fieldwork Hours 4, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 146 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Oral Presentations 20% + 30%
Referee's Report 10%
Group activity 30%
Poster 10%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand in detail and critically review a paper in the research literature
  2. Communicate this understanding through an oral presentation
  3. Understand the physical principles relating to their proposed dissertation topic
  4. Complete an initial plan for the project
  5. Choose a topic for their dissertation, complete an initial plan for the project, and perform an initial calculation or analysis or prepare an experimental set up
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsResearch Skills Particle Nuclear Physics
Course organiserProf Victoria Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 7042
Course secretaryMs Grace Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5310
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