RESEARCH YEAR DISSERTATION - 2017/8
Module code: PHYM051
STEVENSON PD Dr (Physics)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 7
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Oral exam or presentation||PRESENTATION AT MPHYS SYMPOSIUM||20%|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
PHY3051 Research Year Skills and PHY3058 Literature Review and Interim Report
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.
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.
|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.|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
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:
working, under the supervision of a research supervisor, both individually and in a team
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 research presentation to peers and academic staff, as well as invited host supervisors in week 15 of semester
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.
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 for RESEARCH YEAR DISSERTATION : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/phym051
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.