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PYU33PP1 Practical in Physics

                                                                                                                                            
Michaelmas Term, Hilary Term – 20 credits (W Blau, G Cross, C McGuinness)

Part I: Practical Laboratory – 21 experimental laboratory sessions (of 6 hours duration).
Part II: Communication Skills – 18 lectures/workshops
Part III: School Seminars – 8 seminars

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Operate advanced apparatus from manual instruction
  • Maintain a laboratory notebook record
  • Employ computer-based data analysis
  • Apply appropriate error analysis
  • Prepare an extended report on an experiment
  • Write a précis of a research seminar
  • Make a scientific presentation to an audience
  • Create a personal CV

Syllabus

Part I: Practical Laboratory – 21 experimental laboratory sessions (of 6 hours duration).

Part II: Communication Skills – 18 lectures/workshops Effective communication of scientific results and ideas as written reports and oral presentations. The structure of a scientific article. The role of graphics and diagrams. Style and vocabulary. Addressing an audience. Use of slides and overheads. Class members will give a short seminar to the entire JS lab group and write an essay on topical issues in physics.

Part III: School Seminars – 8 seminars

 

Assessment

Weighting

Assessment – Laboratory practical work

90%

Assessment – Careers workshop and seminars 

10%