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Undergraduate Course: Group Project (PHYS11011)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryEach team typically of five to six students will be required to research a physics-based topic, specified by a member of staff, who will act as supervisor. The groups will present their findings in oral and written forms at a level accessible to their peers. The project will be literature-based; students will collate and analyse information from a wide variety of sources.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Telescope Group Project (PHYS11059)
Other requirements Only for students on the 4th year of the following programmes of study:
Chemical Physics (MChemPhys &BSc Hons)
Computational Physics (MPhys & BSc Hons)
Mathematical Physics (MPhys & BSc Hons)
Physics (MPhys & BSc Hons)
Physics with Meteorology (MPhys & BSc Hons)
Theoretical Physics (MPhys & BSc Hons)
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  0
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 1, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 81 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 65 %, Practical Exam 35 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written report, 65%
Oral presentation, 35%
Feedback During the different stages of your group project you can obtain feedback:

1. From the start of the project by the Group communicating progress with your project advisor so they can offer informed advice, this can be done for example by inviting them to some of your project meetings.

2. On the proposed report structure from the project advisor prior to submission - the advisors should not be asked for detailed readings of draft reports.

3. By written comments on the report from the project advisor and the second marker.

4. From initial oral comments following on the presentation by the assessment panel.

5. Provisional marks for both the report and presentation units will be uploaded to LEARN. It is aimed to complete this by the end of Week 10 of semester 2.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Decide early on how to organise your collaboration, including group meetings, and allocation of ongoing tasks/actions to be taken.
  2. Work as a team to research relevant new material from a wide range of sources.
  3. Exercise ongoing critical judgements throughout the project on the most interesting areas to pursue and those areas which are not so relevant/exciting.
  4. Prepare your researched material as a report written at a level readily understood by a person with a general physical science background.
  5. 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.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course commences in late September.
Additional Class Delivery Information Four support workshops; detailed at start of year meeting.
Course organiserProf Philip Woods
Tel: (0131 6)50 5283
Course secretaryMs Nicole Ross
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