Undergraduate Course: Experimental Physics 3 (PHYS09063)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is taken in the Junior Honours year by students on the Physics degree programme. It builds on prior data analysis and experimental method training in the Year 2 Practical Physics course. Students work individually on experimental projects selected from a broad range of fields, providing a platform for individual project work based in research groups in the Senior Honours year.
This course comprises four experimental projects for each student, chosen (from a wide-ranging total set) to include a balanced sample of experimental techniques. Each project is undertaken over six 3-hour laboratory sessions. Workshops are held at the beginning of semester 1.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 72,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% Coursework including written reports and laboratory notebooks:
Four written reports, 54%
Four laboratory notebooks, 40%
Feedback statements, 6%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Design and perform an experiment to test a physical theory, identifying, quantifying and controlling sources of experimental error.
- Resolve conceptual and technical difficulties by locating and integrating relevant information from a diverse range of sources, as a natural and often necessary component of the process of experimental discovery.
- Analyse and review critically experimental data and make comparison with existing literature results or theoretical predictions as appropriate.
- Develop familiarity with data analysis tools commensurate with employment as a professional scientist.
- Present a complete, reproducible account of an experiment and the conclusions drawn from it to a professional standard.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr John Loveday
Tel: (0131 6)51 7233
|Course secretary||Miss Denise Fernandes Do Couto
Tel: (0131 6)51 7521