Section

  • General

    This module places students in small groups of 3 to 6 allocated to a short duration project (~12 weeks) which has been set by either an external collaborator (e.g. industry, NHS, local authority, commercial entity) or by one of the research groups within the School of Physics and Astronomy. The students are initially briefed by the "client", who has set the project, and then attend weekly meetings with their academic supervisor and (more importantly) with each other where formal minutes (including action lists) are kept. The research is carried out using the school's laboratory and computing facilities as well as external facilities where applicable. Each group has to produce a formal, technical written report as well as presenting its findings orally to the "client" at the end of the project. The projects are assessed by the academic supervisor with input from the external collaborator.

     

    • Aims and Objectives

      Synopsis:

      This module places students in small groups of 3 to 6 people allocated a short duration project (~12 weeks) which has been proposed by either an external collaborator (e.g. industry, NHS, local authority, commercial entity) or by one of the research groups within the School of Physics and Astronomy. The students are initially briefed by the "client", who proposed the project, and then attend weekly meetings with their academic supervisor and (more importantly) with each other where formal minutes (including action lists) are kept. The research is carried out using the school's laboratory and computing facilities as well as external facilities where applicable. Each group has to produce a formal, written Group Technical Report report as well as presenting its findings orally to the "client" at the end of the project. The projects are assessed by the academic supervisor with input from the external collaborator.

      Aims:This module aims to give undergraduates insight into research based on real problems from a variety of sources, including external (e.g. industrial) collaborators. It is designed to expose students to a wider range of employment opportunities for physicists as well as giving them insight into the needs of employers. In particular, students gain invaluable experience in project management and teamwork, as well as improving their written and oral communication skills.'

      Learning Outcomes:

      • Successful students will be able to complete a short group project by making use of underlying basic physical principles.
      • Students will be able to collectively organise themselves and delegate tasks appropriately to members of the group.
      • Students will chair, minute and attend regular group meetings throughout the duration of the project.
      • Students will compose compose a joint written final technical report as well as a short individual technical report.
      • Students will compose and present orally a short final technical report.
      • Deadlines and report submission

        The deadline for submission of all items of assessment is 29 Marh 2018 17:00:

        • Group Technical Report
        • Group Oral Presentation
        • Individual Student Report

        • Assessment and Marking Scheme

          There are three items of assessment for this module:

          • Group Technical Report (one per group): 30% overall contribution to final mark. Technical descriptions of: the project aims, methodology, and outcomes of the group work.  Including appendices containing meeting minutes, data, listings, etc. No longer than 50 pages. 
          • Group Oral Presentation (one per group): 20% overall contribution to final mark. A technical presentation of the aims, methodology, and outcomes of the project. The oral examination itself, which will be held in the Exam Period, will be structured as follows: 15 minutes for the group to present plus a further 15 minutes of questioning from the examiners.You will be informed of the precise time of your oral examination via email. 
          • Individual Student Report (one per student): 50% overall contribution to final mark. This report is to be prepared by each individual member of the group, its should detail your contribution to the work, self-reflections, and future work suggestions.  No longer than 5 pages. 

          The link at the bottom of this page gives further detail of the marking schemes for each item of assessment, this can serve as a guide to the structure/content of the above items of assessment.

          Group Technical Report and Individual Student Report together with the Group Oral Presentation  should be in a single electronic file with Adobe pdf file format.  The report will be checked using the Turnitin plagiarism detection service.

          For a reliable representation of your Group Oral Presentation slides they should be prepared in PDF format.  If you have a file in a different format, please use the "print to file" function on your Application to produce a pdf file. 

          Other formats (e.g. MS PowerPoint) are not encouraged or supported, but may be submitted at your own risk (e.g., they may fail to present properly on different Windows or Mac OS versions).

          In making these submissions you are declaring that:

          "I understand that plagiarism is the use or presentation of the work of another person including another student, without acknowledging the source, and that plagiarism is ground for disciplinary action as laid down in the regulations in the College Student Guide governing Examination Offences. I declare that the attached assignment is my own unaided work and that where I have used, quoted or referred to the work of others it has been fully and clearly acknowledged as required in the Guidelines for Writing Essays and Reports in the Student Handbook.”

          If electronically scanned figures are used the source must be acknowledged in the figure caption.

        • Projects 2017-18

          The project for this year will be in collaboration with:

          Absolute Action

          Details are at the link below.