KD6040 - Individual Physics Project

What will I learn on this module?

The module aims to provide the student, as an individual, an opportunity to carry out an extended study in a specific area of physics, developing the student's ability to work independently and promoting self-reliance. Guidance to source and assess the appropriateness of information is provided by the module.

A key aim is to encourage students to apply theoretical and analytical techniques to problem solve. The module also aims to develop both verbal and written communication skills. The project will provide practical experience of drawing up a project specification defining aims, objectives and identifying an envisaged endpoint. With their supervisor’s guidance, the student will prepare a project plan that includes a Gantt chart, project background and sourcing previous work and associated theory/simulation to assess whether the aims and objectives are achievable and that their theoretical basis is sound.

To meet University requirements and gain practical experience, students must perform a risk assessment to identify potential risks/hazards associated with the project. The student will follow the defined plan to complete the project that will include, for example, experimental investigations and the application of appropriate theory and simulations

Students will be encouraged to monitor their progress based upon the project plan and, where necessary, adjust timescales/objectives. The student will be required to submit a final project report and present the project verbally to the supervisor, second markers and peers. Contact with the supervisor must be maintained on a regular basis to: discuss/assess progress and obtain advice.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered via a combination of introductory lectures and progress review meetings with supervisors. The introductory lectures will focus on providing the students with advice and guidance on general aspects of project management and report writing skills. The module also contains rich technology enhanced learning opportunities as many projects involve computer programming, simulation, and advanced laboratory equipment.

Supervision of the project involves regular meetings between the project student and a project supervisor. These meetings allow the student to receive guidance and formative feedback in order to steer them to successful completion of the project. These meetings also provide the student with an opportunity to develop their verbal communication skills.

The module requires a significant proportion of self-directed independent learning within the framework of the project plan and supervisor’s guidance and feedback. Overall, learning will be through the input from lectures and supervision and the student’s active development, execution and monitoring of the project plan.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

As indicated, introductory lectures will support the student by providing advice and guidance on general aspects of project management and report writing skills. The key support will be provided by the regular meetings with their supervisor for guidance and formative feedback in order to steer them to successful completion of the project. These meetings also provide the student with an opportunity to develop their verbal communication skills.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Planning of a physics investigation including identification of an appropriate problem supported by a critical appraisal of relevant research (this also contributes to professional an personal values)
• Apply a range of laboratory methods and techniques in the gathering of data for critical analysis.
• Critically evaluate project results using suitable mathematical tools (this also develops intellectual skills)

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Convey technical information to a wide audience, including presentation skills both written and oral

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Assessing wider aspects of a physics problem, for example environmental, health and safety and risk assessment issues.

How will I be assessed?

The module will be assessed by two components: a planning document (K&U1, IPSA1, PVA1, worth 20%) during semester 1 and a final report (K&U2, K&U3, ISPA1, worth 80%) at the end of semester 2.

Formative feedback will be given though regular meetings with project supervisors. Written and verbal feedback will be provided on the planning

Project Planning Document
MOD2 Module Marks Non-Synoptic UG
COMP2 Component Marks Non Synoptic

Final Project Report and Presentation/Viva
MOD2 Module Marks Non-Synoptic UG
COMP2 Component Marks Non Synoptic





Module abstract

As a BSc/MPhys student studying Physics or Physics with Astrophysics , the Individual Physics Project, KD6040, is an important part of your Final Year studies. This year-long, module gives you freedom to work independently on a project. It allows you to develop your research skills, to plan and undertake a deeper study into the subject you have chosen from a selection of titles. You will identify key objectives, review related literature and theory and combining these in an investigation that you take from inception to completion. You will interpret and analyse your results to identify key conclusions supported by theory and reviewed literature. In this module you will need to develop skills in time management, in writing a project plan*, presenting a poster* and writing up the project as a final report*. These skills are all valuable for your future career in research or industry. (*assessed)

Course info

UCAS Code F3F5

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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