Physics Project (BSc)
SCQF Level 10
Academic year(s): 2019-2020
SCOTCAT credits : 30
ECTS credits : 15
Level : SCQF Level 10
Semester: Full Year
Availability restrictions: Normally only in the final year of a Physics BSc programme
The project aims to develop students' skills in searching the physics literature and in experimental design, the evaluation and interpretation of data, and in the presentation of results. There is no specific syllabus for this module. Students taking the BSc degree select a project from a list offered, and are supervised by a member of staff. Project choice and some preparatory work is undertaken in semester one, but normally most of the 30 credits' worth of work is undertaken in semester two. The aim is that students provide the intellectual drive for the project work, and should take on a role similar to that of a research student in the School. Support will be offered by the academic staff member(s) supervising the project and usually also by other members of a research team. Many projects will be carried out in the SchoolÆs research labs, but other arrangements are possible. A pre-project report precedes the experimental/computational/theoretical work of the project, and is expected to be directly relevant to the subsequent experimental studies.
Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PH3061. Some projects will need learning from specific modules - please contact potential supervisors.
Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take AS4103 or take AS5101 or take PH5101 or take PH5103 or take PH4796
Weekly contact: Project students work "half-time" on their project through semester 2. All students must meet weekly with their project supervisor and attend fortnightly meetings with their peer-support group. Most projects are based in research labs in the School, where members of research teams will provide supervision ranging from safety cover to assistance with equipment and discussion of interpretation of results - it is expected that the 20 hours a week will be primarily in this environment.
Scheduled learning hours: 18
Guided independent study hours: 282
As used by St Andrews: Coursework (Review essay, Report and Oral Examination) = 100%
As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Re-assessment: No Re-assessment available - Final year project
Module coordinator: Professor P D King
Module teaching staff: Prof P King and others (TBC)
Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for Honours modules available via https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/physics/staff_students/timetables.php
This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.