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BSc Physics with Astrophysics

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BSc Physics with Astrophysics

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Science

Programme Code

PHY-BSC-S

UCAS Code

F3F5

JACS Code

F510 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

A-level or equivalent grade BBB including Physics and
Mathematics

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

360

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Mathematics & Physics

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Physics, astronomy and astrophysics (2008)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Institute of Physics

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 06-06-14

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Peter. J.M van der Burgt

Maynooth University

Professor Philippa Browning

University of Manchester

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

Transfers to other Programmes
Students may transfer to the BSc Programme of Physics or Physics with Medical Applications, provided they have passed all the compulsory modules on the Programme to which they are transferring up to that time of transfer. Students can transfer to the MSci Physics with Astrophysics Programme at the end of Stage 2 provided they have an overall weighted average of at least 55% before rounding.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

Interpret the physical world/universe and how it works through experimental observation and the application of fundamental postulates and assumptions, with particular emphasis on astrophysical bodies and phenomena.

Demonstrate mathematical, computational, practical, problem solving, and personal skills which prepares the student for postgraduate training, or employment in a range of sectors, such as those involved in industrial research and development, engineering, education, health care, software development, business and finance.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Exploit modern computer technology to analyse and present data, write basic computer programmes in common languages to solve simple physical problems.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

A combination of formal teaching and self-study in computer laboratories. Skills applied in experimental labs, computational projects/assignments and research project work

Methods of Assessment

Use of computing for laboratory/project analysis and reports, computational assignments

Perform dimensional analysis and order of magnitude estimates

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Discussed and demonstrated in lectures and tutorials.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments, tutorial performance

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Display knowledge of a range of mathematical techniques and apply them in a variety of physical situations, especially astrophysical phenomena

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, tutorials and problem solving classes to acquire and practice mathematical techniques and their application

Methods of Assessment

Explicitly in examinations, class tests, written and online assignments. Implicitly in all other assessments using quantitative physical models

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in selected specialist physics topics, particularly astrophysics, and an awareness of current trends and developments

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and directed self-study from a range of resources, research projects and group projects.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, assignments, written reports/essays, oral presentations, and oral review meetings

Demonstrate knowledge and conceptual understanding of the theory and application of core physics concepts in the areas of classical and relativistic mechanics, quantum physics, condensed matter, electromagnetism, optics, thermodynamics and astrophysics.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Primarily through lectures and directed self-study from a range of resources. Reinforcement via tutorials, laboratory experiments and projects

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, class tests, written and online assignments, tutorial performance, written reports, oral presentations

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Plan and execute experimental or theoretical projects in physics and astrophysics including critical and quantitative assessment of their own work and the work of others

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Supervision of extended physics projects with an open-ended component, performed individually or in pairs.

Methods of Assessment

Risk assessments, oral presentations, laboratory performance, written report

Plan, execute and report the results of an experiment or investigation, particularly those of an astrophysical nature, and compare results critically with predictions from theory

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Laboratory experiments, computational projects and research projects

Methods of Assessment

Assignments, written reports, oral presentations, oral review meetings

Identify the principles underlying physical problems, particularly those of relevance to astrophysics, formulate them mathematically, and obtain analytical, approximate, or numerical solutions.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Concepts primarily introduced in lectures. Techniques used to obtain quantitative outcomes presented, discussed and practiced in lectures, tutorials, laboratories, individual and group projects

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, class tests, written and online assignments, tutorial performance, written reports, oral presentations

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Appreciate and demonstrate the importance of health and safety, risk assessment and scientific ethics

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Safety training courses, lectures, workshops, personal supervision.

Methods of Assessment

Appreciate and demonstrate the importance of health and safety, risk assessment and scientific ethics Safety training courses, lectures, workshops, personal supervision. Project/lab risk assessments, online safety tests, assignments

Work independently and as part of a team/group of peers while demonstrating time management and the ability to meet deadlines.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Laboratory experiments, research projects, group projects, and personal tutoring/supervision/mentoring

Methods of Assessment

Written reports, oral presentations, peer review. Time management /deadlines implicit to all continuous assessment,

Write computer programmes and use software packages to analyse data, perform numerical calculations, report results and prepare documents.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and computer practicals on computer coding principles, syntax for specific languages, using Excel and Matlab, data analysis and numerical techniques.

Methods of Assessment

Coding and numerical problem solving assignments and mini-projects (group and individual)

Communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both orally and in a written format with proper regard for the needs of the audience.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures/workshops on how to prepare and execute oral presentations, scientific reports/popular articles, and writing concisely. Re-enforced at all levels through supervision during labs, research projects and group projects, and formative and summative feedback for student coursework.

Methods of Assessment

Written reports and essays, oral presentations (for individual and group projects)

Search for, evaluate and reference relevant information from a range of sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures/workshops on how to use and reference and review library books, scientific papers, and internet sources. Supervision during labs, research projects and group projects, and formative and summative feedback for student coursework.

Methods of Assessment

Written reports and essays, oral presentations (for individual and group projects), literature reviews

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Foundation Physics

PHY1001

1

40

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers

PHY1002

1

40

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Computational Modelling in Physics

PHY1003

1

20

18 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Scientific Skills

PHY1004

1

20

24 weeks

N

YES

50%

50%

0%

Quantum & Statistical Physics

PHY2001

2

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

20%

20%

60%

Physics of the Solid State

PHY2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

20%

20%

60%

Astrophysics I

PHY2003

2

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

80%

20%

0%

Electricity, Magnetism and Optics

PHY2004

2

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

20%

20%

60%

Atomic and Nuclear Physics

PHY2005

2

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

20%

20%

60%

Mathematical Physics

PHY2006

2

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Quantum Mechanics and Relativity

PHY3001

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Advanced Solid State Physics

PHY3002

3

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

20%

0%

80%

Astrophysics II

PHY3003

3

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

20%

0%

80%

Advanced Electromagnetism and Optics

PHY3004

3

20

YES

12 weeks

Y

YES

20%

0%

80%

Nuclear and Particle Physics

PHY3005

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

20%

0%

80%

Physics in Medicine

PHY3006

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

50%

0%

50%

Professional Skills

PHY3008

3

20

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Physics Projects

PHY3010

3

40

24 weeks

N

YES

75%

25%

0%

Notes

At Stage 1 - Students are required to take the four compulsory modules listed

At Stage 2 - Students are required to take the six compulsory modules listed

At Stage 3 - Students must take PHY3003, PHY3008 & PHY3010 and a approved combination of 2 other level 3 modules listed