Module Details

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Code PHYS206
Coordinator Dr C Edmonds
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2023-24 Level 5 FHEQ Whole Session 15


PHYS206 Practical Physics II will provide opportunities for students to develop their experimental and project work. This will include developing skills in experimental design, health and safety, data acquisition, practical and technical skills required for electronics experimentation and recording their experimental process. There will be extended opportunities to compare experimental results with theoretical expectations, interpret experimental uncertainties, use computer software for simulation and data analysis and draw conclusions about the experiment and the physical world around us. The module will also provide opportunities to develop skills associated with report writing, teamwork, communication, time and project management. Experiments and electronics work will also help students to understand the physical processes behind them and how to apply programming techniques, control software and electronics in physical and technical applications.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Design and plan an experimental investigation.

(LO2) Take and record data using a variety of measuring devices and sensors.

(LO3) Analyse experimental data using computational techniques and interpret the results with consideration of theoretical predictions or models.

(LO4) Select the appropriate method of uncertainty analysis, apply it to estimate experimental uncertainties and apply an understanding of uncertainty to interpretation of the data.

(LO5) Construct logical arguments to communicate the results of their work in an appropriate scientific format (e.g. journal paper).

(LO6) Conduct risk assessment of practical work, minimise risks and record the results of it in an appropriate manner.

(LO7) Design, plan and undertake a lengthy open-ended group project.

(S8) Business and customer awareness basic understanding of the key drivers for business success – including the importance of innovation and taking calculated risks – and the need to provide customer satisfaction and build customer loyalty.

(S9) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations.

(S10) Communication and collaboration online participating in digital networks for learning and research.

(S11) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications and services.

(S12) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen.

(S13) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S14) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others.

(S15) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning.

(S16) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning.

(S17) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics.

(S18) Media literacy online critically reading and creatively producing academic and professional communications in a range of media.



Practicals (spread over S1 and S2): A variety of practical challenges with physics and electronics appropriate to Year 2 of study. The activities will develop abilities in experimental techniques and data analysis. The procedures will be recorded (logged) and communicated via professional style academic reports.

Group Project: Extended student-led investigation focused on physical and/or technical applications of electronics.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Laboratory Work. Description: remote and on-campus practical work.
Attendance Recorded: Yes.

Teaching Method 2 - Group Project. Description: Project work in the 2nd semester aimed to learn about physical and technical applications of electronics.
Attendance Recorded: Yes.

Teaching Method 3 - self-directed learning with facilitation. Description: Asynchronous material provided via canvas. Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours       102



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 1


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Worksheets on measurement devices and data analysis in first 4 weeks of module.    15       
Written reports and electronic laboratory notebook in the 1st semester. There is no resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. The second and third report will be assessed a    25       
Project work (2nd Semester)Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) : 2nd semester.    40       
Written reports and electronic laboratory notebook in the 2nd semester. There is no resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. The reports will be assessed anonymously.    20       

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