Module Provider: Mathematics and Statistics
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Paul Glaister


Summary module description:
The module covers a broad range of physics topics through lectures and workshops and by independent learning. Practical physics skills are developed in physics laboratory sessions.

To provide a basic understanding in physics and its associated skills together with the skills of independent learning.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding to A-level equivalent of the major areas of physics including mechanics, fields, gravitation, electricity, circuits, magnetism, electromagnetism, vibrations, waves, light, energy, matter, heat, thermodynamics, atoms and nuclei.

Additional outcomes:
Ability to learn independently through reading, plan a study programme to meet deadlines, work flexibly and use a variety of learning resources.

Outline content:
The module covers how basic materials behave, from solids, liquids and gases to the smallest fundamental particles and their interaction with light. It also looks at more abstract ideas such as how electric fields and magnetic fields interact to produce forces and generate electricity. Complex mathematics allows us to work out how satellites orbit and bullets fall in flight, while the physics of electrical components enable the behaviour of electrical circuits to be understood. The content is defined in terms of the Flexible Learning Approach to Physics modules.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module consists of lectures, tutorials and laboratory work, with emphasis on independent study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 19 20 10
Tutorials 18 20 10
Practicals classes and workshops 27 30 15
Guided independent study 99 110 22
Total hours by term 163.00 180.00 57.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 40
Report 25
Class test administered by School 35

Other information on summative assessment:
Experimental project to be completed every two weeks. Fortnightly tests in theory.
Relative percentage of coursework : Laboratory work (25%); fortnightly tests (25%); Spring Term test (10%)

Formative assessment methods:
Weekly question sheets

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One two hour written examination

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By examination in August/September with continuous assessment carried forward if it is to the advantage of the student.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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