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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 E-mail.  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 E-mail 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 clear-cut 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

e-mail 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
A-level (e.g. AS-level, 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 A-level (e.g. AS-level, 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 collaboratorís 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.

 

 

 

 

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