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PH3014   Transferable Skills for Physicists

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students.

Planned timetable: 10.00 am Wed, occasional 10.00 am Fri (TBC)

The aim of the module is to develop the key skills of oral and written communication, information technology, team working and problem solving. This will be done in the context of physics and astronomy, thus extending student knowledge and understanding of their chosen subject. Guidance, practice and assessment will be provided in the preparation and delivery of talks, critical reading of the literature, scientific writing, developing and writing a case for resources to be expended to investigate a particular area of science, tackling case studies.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to the School's Honours programme.

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PH4040

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Through the year there are 8 lectures, 9 tutorials, 1 workshop, and about 14 hours of presenting and/or critically evaluating talks.

Scheduled learning hours: 37

Guided independent study hours: 113

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework on basis of exercises and 2 oral presentations = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 35%
Coursework: 65%

Re-assessment: No Re-assessment available - Assignment based


Module teaching staff: Dr A Kohnle

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.