Sector survey
The
first stage of PPLATO is to survey physics departments in the UK to investigate
current practice in teaching mathematics to
physics undergraduates and widening participation in undergraduate physics.
A copy of the sector survey is provided below. Higher
education institutions received copy's via the LTSN news letter and Email.
If you represent a higher education institution that has not yet taken part in the
survey but would like to contribute, you may send questionnaire replies to R J Turton. Just copy
the following text into the Email with your responses. Alternatively you
may print a copy and post it to the address
contained within.
All replies will be treated in the strictest confidence and an anonymous
synthesis of views will appear later. Some of the questions may not have simple
clearcut answer but please provide as much information as you can since even
partial answers are useful. Completed questionnaires should be returned to:
Dr
R J Turton
Department
of Physics,
University
of Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle
upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Telephone:
0191 2227349
Fax number: 0191 2227361
email
contact
r.j.turton@ncl.ac.uk
Many
thanks for your help
Mike Tinker
Richard Turton
on behalf of PPLATO
Institution:
Contact person:
1.
Do you accept students into Level 1 (i.e. the first year of a 3 year BSc)
of your Physics degree with mathematics qualifications at a standard other than
Alevel (e.g. ASlevel, Scottish Highers or International Baccalaureate)?
If
so, please give details:
2.
Do you accept students into Level 1 (i.e. the first year of a 3 year BSc)
of your Physics degree with physics qualifications at a standard other than
Alevel (e.g. ASlevel, Scottish Highers or International Baccalaureate)?
If
so, please give details:
3.
Do you have any special arrangements for Widening Participation in your
degree courses (e.g. reduced entry requirements, additional classes, etc)?
If
so, please give details:
4.
Do you offer a Foundation Year programme (i.e. a 4 year BSc)?
If
so,
approximately
what proportion of the teaching is devoted to maths?
and
what proportion to physics?
what
forms of teaching are used (other than lectures)?
Is
it taught on your site or on a collaborator’s site?
5.
Do you use diagnostic testing to measure the mathematical ability of
incoming students?
If
so, please give details:
6.
Do you offer targeted teaching/supplementary support in maths to less
prepared students?
If
so,
how
do you select which students need this teaching?
what
form does the teaching take?
roughly
what proportion of your incoming students requires this supplementary teaching?
7.
Do you offer targeted teaching/supplementary support in physics to less
prepared students?
If
so,
how
do you select which students need this teaching?
what
form does the teaching take?
roughly
what proportion of your incoming students requires this supplementary teaching?
8.
Do you offer any supplementary teaching (in maths or physics) beyond
Level 1?
If
so, please give details.
