School of Physical Sciences
Procedures for Projects Involving Human Participation
It is a University requirement that any final year project undergraduate, postgraduate or staff research project involving human participants should be subject to a procedure to determine whether ethics approval is needed. The procedure employed by SPS and the Faculty of Science are described here: http://www.kent.ac.uk/stms/faculty/adminprocedures/research-ethics/index.html
Undergraduate projects PH600, PH603, PS620, CH620, PS720, PS740 and PH700
Each project proposal collected from academics will include an ethics approval checklist designed to determine if ethical approval is required from the faculty i.e. does the project involve human participants. It is the responsibility of convenors to ask supervisors to fill in these checklists with students. If the answer to any of the questions on the checklist is yes please see below;
The following text will be introduced into the information pack or the handbooks of the module:
“Before you commence any work, it is important that the ethics of that work be considered; for example, taking fingerprints or collecting images of faces of your colleagues etc. Your supervisor will discuss any ethics issues with you and you should keep a copy of the documentation”
For projects involving human participants other than those conducting the project itself, students and their supervisors are required to read, note and act upon the guidelines available at http://www.kent.ac.uk/stms/faculty/adminprocedures/research-ethics/index.html to obtain approval from the Sciences Research Ethics (Human Participation) Advisory Group.
Further information on Ethics can be obtained from Dr Donna Arnold, SPS representative on the Sciences Research Ethics Advisory Group.
All MPhys students undertake a laboratory, theoretical or 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.
This module appears in:
5 hours module introduction, talks guidance and feedback on talks;
40 days conducting supervisor-guided research (a minimum of 280 timetabled hours);
2 days project ‘conference’ (approx. 14 hours).
Total hours of study, including private study: 600 hours.
This is not available as a wild module.
Method of assessment
Coursework 100%. Students are required both to write a formal report of the work and to present their findings as a talk, such as would be contributed to a scientific conference. The conference-style presentation is filmed, and the resulting DVD used to provide detailed feedback. The work is also subject to an oral examination. The final mark will be obtained from four separate assessments: 1) the progress, aptitude and general diligence (15%), 2) the progress report (55%), 3) an oral examination (15%) and 4) a talk (%15).
None; appropriate background reading will be suggested by individual project supervisors