Physics Literature Project PHYS5047P

  • Academic Session: 2017-18
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

To provide students with an opportunity to develop research skills by carrying a literature review of a current research topic in physics, at a level appropriate for a professional physicist.

Timetable

"Scientific literature and database searches" Workshop: 14:00-17:00, Thursday Week 2 of semester 1

"Scientific writing skills" Workshop: 14:00-16:00, Thursday Week 3 of semester 1

Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am-5pm (either semester 1 or semester 2)

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 the Physics Literature Project as an elective or compulsory course.

Excluded Courses

Phys 4022P P4PR30H Physics Project

Phys 4023P P4PR20H Physics Project

Phys 5105 Research Skills

Co-requisites

Solid State Physics; Nuclear and Particle Physics; Atomic Systems; General Physics Workshop

Assessment

Literature survey, quality of the research findings and knowledge of the subject 30%

Oral presentation 10%

Written report 60%

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are not normally available for students on MSci degrees where their first attempt contributes to their Honours Classification.

 

Students on MSc courses who fail to make the threshold grade (C3) at the first attempt may be offered one further opportunity to resubmit their written report. Similarly they may be offered one further opportunity to make their oral presentation. Reassessment of the Literature survey, quality of the research findings and knowledge of the subject will not normally be available.

Course Aims

To provide students with an opportunity to develop research skills by studying in depth a current research topic in physics, which will include an extensive literature search, and to write a review of the topic to a level appropriate for a professional physicist.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ demonstrate a knowledge and broad understanding of a current research topic in physics.

 

They should be able to:

■ carry out an extensive literature search using the relevant databases for the research topic;

■ critically evaluate the state of the art in the research field;

■ analyse and interpret research results based on the literature investigation;

■ summarise the research information in a clear and properly structured review in the form of a written report;

■ perform a critical analysis of the potential of this field for future research;

■ give a brief presentation in front of their peers and academic members of staff on the literature review carried out.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

At least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment must be submitted for credit.