Plasma Theory and Diagnostics ASTRO5004

  • Academic Session: 2017-18
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 + 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

To provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the key principles and applications of Plasma Theory & Diagnostics, and their relevance to current developments in physics, at a level appropriate for a professional astronomer.

Timetable

27 lectures, on Mondays at 4pm and Wednesdays at 4pm

Requirements of Entry

This course is normally only open to students who meet the requirements for entry, or progression, for a degree programme which includes Plasma Theory and Diagnostics as an elective or compulsory course.

 

Plasma Theory and Diagnostics is a compulsory course the following degree programmes:

 

MSci Combined Astronomy, MSci Physics with Astrophysics

 

Plasma Theory and Diagnostics is an elective course for the following degree programmes:

 

MSci Physics, MSci Theoretical Physics.

 

Plasma Theory and Diagnostics is a prohibited course for the following degree programmes:

 

BSc (Honours) Physics, BSc (Honours) Combined Physics, BSc (Honours) Chemical Physics, BSc (Honours) Physics with Astrophysics, BSc (Designated) Physics, BSc (Designated) Combined Physics, BSc (Designated) Physics with Astrophysics, BSc (Honours) Combined Astronomy, BSc (Designated) Combined Astronomy, MSci Combined Physics, MSci Chemical Physics, MSci Chemical Physics with Work Placement.

Excluded Courses

  None

Assessment

Examination

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the key principles and applications of Plasma Theory and Diagnostics, and their relevance to current developments in astronomy, at a level appropriate for a professional astronomer.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and broad understanding of Plasma Theory and Diagnostics, and show a critical awareness of the significance and importance of the topics, methods and techniques discussed in the lectures and their relationship to concepts presented in other courses. They should be able to describe and analyse quantitatively processes, relationships and techniques relevant to the topics included in the course outline, applying these ideas and techniques to analyse critically and solve advanced or complex problems which may include unseen elements. They should be able to write down and, where appropriate, either prove or explain the underlying basis of astrophysical laws relevant to the course topics, and discuss their applications.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Not applicable.