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Undergraduate Course: Senior Honours Project (Physics & Astronomy) Semester 2 (PHYS10087)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course aims to develop independence in the skills of undertaking research and project management, develop communication skills by working together with a project supervisor, and to encourage high quality technical writing and presentation.

Project work is your main chance to work on your own topic of interest and to show your own initiative and experimental, computational or theoretical skills.
Course description Students do an individual research project together with a supervisor. A broad range of project types are available, including experimental, data analysis and computational projects. There are constraints on the type of project for students on some degree programmes (e.g., computational physics students should do a computational project). A list of projects will be made available during the summer; before the start of the academic year students will select a ranked shortlist of projects they are interested in, and projects are then allocated using an algorithm. Full details of how projects are organised are provided in a 'Project Guide' booklet.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements At least 80 credit points accrued in courses of SCQF Level 9 or 10 drawn from Schedule Q.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 60, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 125 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 65 %, Practical Exam 35 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Performance, 35%
Project Report, 55%
Poster, 10%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, it is expected that students will be able to:
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 project where the results and outcomes are not fully 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 the preparation of scientific posters and the oral reporting of results.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Chris Brackley
Tel: (0131 6)50 8617
Course secretaryMs Dipti Dineshwar
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