RESEARCH YEAR DISSERTATION - 2017/8

Module code: PHYM051

Module provider

Physics

Module Leader

REGAN PH Prof (Physics)

Number of Credits

60

ECT Credits

30

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

JACs code

F300

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) DISSERTATION 100

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

PHY3051 Research Year Skills and PHY3058 Literature Review and Interim Report

Module overview

The work for this module takes place in semester 1 of the student’s fourth academic year, i.e. in the second half of their Research Year placement. During this time, students work under the supervision of a supervisor, using their developed research skills and implementing their project through practical, theoretical or modelling work, along with analysis and presentation of results.

 

The exact programme of study will depend on the nature of the project and the environment in which it is carried out. The environment will normally be at a University Laboratory but may equally be at a major international government laboratory such as the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory or at regional hospital, or a company with a physics-based research programme.

Module aims

To provide the student with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate research practice at an advanced level in a graduate research environment, including detailed use of equipment, software, and/or theoretical techniques. In addition, a strong emphasis will also be placed on the communication of research carried out during the project, the analysis of research data, and the presentation of the research outcomes via a written dissertation.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Carry out a detailed and advanced Research project of circa 5-6 months duration to be carried out in a graduate research environment under the direction of a research supervisor; including appropriate note keeping, typically in the form of a laboratory handbook
Know how to operate/understand instrumentation and/or software and/or theory appropriate to the project.
Understand Health and Safety issues and/or ethical issues related to research in the chosen field
Demonstrate detailed understanding of the topic and state of the art in their research topic.
Demonstrate written and oral presentation skills to a high standard
Team working: it is expected that most students will work as part of a graduate research group.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:



either an experimental or theoretical research project, carried out independently by the student under the direct supervision of a local project supervisor. The work is anticipated to cover approximately 600 hours over semester 1 of Year 4 (FHEQ Level 7).

 


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to  increase students’ critical understanding of a specialist area of physics, and throughout this module students are encouraged to learn through independent study.

 

The learning and teaching methods include:

 



independent study


working, under the supervision of a research supervisor, both individually and in a team



 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

core competencies in an advanced research topic, with evidence of good scientific communication skills

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:



A substantial final dissertation (of up to 100 pages, including the literature review from PHY3052 which should be included to make a standalone document) to demonstrate research-level physics work.This is due at 4pm on Tuesday of week 12.



 

Formative assessment

Feedback

The student will have regular meetings with a supervisor or designate, and will be visited by a Surrey-based visiting tutor who will provide feedback

 

Reading list

Reading list for RESEARCH YEAR DISSERTATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/phym051

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Physics MPhys 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Physics with Quantum Technologies MPhys 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Physics with Astronomy MPhys 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.