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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Physics Short Name: PHYM029
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: SELLIN PJ Prof (Physics)
Number of credits: 60 Number of ECTS credits: 30
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Coursework Dissertation (100 %)
Part-time Students: Same as for full-time students

Module Overview

For the summer project the students will work full time over 10 week period from June to August. The project will be offered at either Surrey or Sussex, with topics chosen from a range of research areas that complement the elective modules offered in the spring semester. Alternatively students can elect to do the project with their employer, by mutual agreement between the department and the company.

All students aiming for the MSc degree qualification undertake an MSc dissertation project. Students choose a project either from a list of proposed topics within the University, or in some cases arrangement is made for the project to be undertaken in industry. The majority of part-time students arrange to undertake the project in their place of work.

Students are assigned a supervisor relating to the project chosen. Students undertaking their project outside of the University are assigned both an internal and an external supervisor.

The work is assessed as follows:

Project write-up
A write up of no more than 40 pages in total, including title page, brief abstract, text, diagrams and references must be submitted in accordance with the procedures written in the General Handbook. Supervisors will give guidance on the layout of the project and the first draft of material where appropriate.

Module Aims
This module provides exposure to independent research at postgraduate level.
Learning Outcomes
After completing this module, the student should be able to:

Module Specific Skills:
• Application of research techniques to demonstrate problem independent solving ability, critical analysis and (where possible) original research of relevance to radiation physics work
• Perform a literature search
• Development of experimental / computation technical skills associated with radiation protection based project work

Discipline Specific Skills:
• Time management
• Report writing
• IT skills and communication
• Data evaluation and critical analysis

Personal and Key Skills:
• Written presentation of a formal report
Module Content
Methods of Teaching/Learning
This module is assessed via a formal write up of the project undertaken in the form of an MSc dissertation. The Dissertation is awarded 60 credits.
Selected Texts/Journals
Last Updated

17th December 2010