The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Physics Research Project - PH700
|Canterbury||Autumn and Spring||
Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module
|60 (30)||Newport Professor R J|
The information below applies to the 2013-14 session
a) To provide an experience of open-ended research work.
b) To begin to prepare students for postgraduate work towards degrees by research or for careers in R&D in industrial or government/national laboratories.
c) To deepen knowledge in a specialised field and be able to communicate that knowledge orally and in writing.
All MPhys students undertake a laboratory/computationally-based project related to their degree specialism. These projects may also be undertaken by Diploma students. A list of available project areas is made available during Stage 3, but may be augmented/revised at any time up to and including Week 1 of Stage 4. As far as possible, projects will be assigned on the basis of students’ preferences – but this is not always possible: however, the project abstracts are regarded as ‘flexible’ in the sense that significant modification is possible (subject only to mutual consent between student and supervisor). The projects involve a combination of some or all of: literature search and critique, laboratory work, theoretical work, computational physics and data reduction/analysis. The majority of the projects are directly related to the research conducted in the department and are undertaken within the various SPS research teams. Some students’ work has led to publication in scientific journals.
Method of assessment
- None; appropriate background reading will be suggested by individual project supervisors
- An ability to identify relevant principles and laws when dealing with problems, and to make approximations necessary to obtain solutions.
- An ability to plan an experiment or investigation under supervision and to understand the significance of error analysis.
- Competent use of appropriate C&IT packages/systems for the analysis of data and the retrieval of appropriate information.
- An ability to present and interpret information graphically.
- An ability to communicate scientific information, in particular to produce clear and accurate scientific reports.
- An ability to make use of appropriate texts, research-based materials or other learning resources as part of managing their own learning.
- An ability to communicate complex scientific ideas, the conclusion of an experiment, investigation or project concisely, accurately and informatively.
- An ability to make use of research articles and other primary sources.
- Investigative skills in the context of independent investigation including the use of textbooks and other available literature, databases, and the interaction with colleagues to extract important information.
- Communication skills in the area of dealing with surprising ideas and difficult concepts, including listening carefully, reading demanding texts and presenting complex information in a clear and concise manner. C&IT skills are an important element to this.
- Analytical skills – associated with the need to pay attention to detail and to develop an ability to manipulate precise and intricate ideas, to construct logical arguments and to use technical language correctly.
- Personal skills – the ability to work independently, to use initiative, to organise oneself to meet deadlines and to interact constructively with other people.
- Learning & teaching methods Seminars (3h) – provide the opportunity to discuss and understand the nature and the requirements of a research project; Lecture (1h) – to provide an outline of what is expected and required in the context of the project presentation; Presentation and feedback (~5h) – to provide the opportunity to present the project work, and subsequently to replay the recording of the project presentation in order to provide the opportunity for self-appraisal and the sharing of best practice; Personal support from individual supervisors and/or their research team colleagues (~20-40h) – to provide advice on all pertinent aspects of the research being undertaken and on its presentation; Private study – to provide the opportunity for the individual student to generate material towards the work of the project (~550-570h)