Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Research Methods in Sensing and Measurement (Glasgow) PHYS5043

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

Students will receive training in (a) practical project-based methods for sensing and measurement and (b) generic skills training. Students projects will be based within research groups conducting research in sensing and measurement to conduct short research-oriented training projects, working in groups and individually. They will be supported by skills training in research methods, including Scientific Methods, Presentation Skills, Creativity and Modelling. Students will select a training programme to suit their traning needs and in consultation with a mentor. A similar and complementary course will be taught in Edinburgh University in Semester 2.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





1. Written examination

a. Unseen examination, comprising compulsory short questions and a choice of 1 from 2 long questions.

2. Written coursework

a. One individual assignment

3. Written reports on one problem-based group project and individual project


Description of "Other" Summative Assessment Method:

4. Oral presentation on problem-based project



Reassessment: In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non-honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Generally it will not be possible to offer reassessment of coursework, project and oral-presentation items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade.


Formative assessment

Through feedback provided to coursework, during problem-based work and to presentations

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims of this course are:


a. To provide training in practical and student-selected training in practical aspects of sensing and measurement.

b. To develop generic experimental, research and transferable skills

c. To provide training in solving problems associating with sensing and measurement

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


a. Propose and assess a range of solutions to a sensing and measurement problem against pertinent criteria

b. Analyse and evaluate data provided by a range of sensors and measurement systems

c. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental and practical limitations of a range of sensing and imaging techniques.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.