Mechanics and Properties of Matter Laboratory (H7117)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

This module provides a rigorous introduction to the basics of experimental physical science, particularly within the context of simple mechanics and properties of matter experiments.

You will practice preparing and planning for experiments, conducting experiments, and analysing and interpreting the results. Among the specific skills practiced, you will demonstrate your ability to keep proper laboratory notebooks, understand and calculate uncertainties in experimental measurements and data, and apply linear least squares fitting procedures appropriately.

You will also develop school-to-university transition skills: through the module you will be encouraged to reconceptualise yourself as an independent learner, and self-reliant scholar, capable of the deep learning and higher-order thinking expected in Higher Education.

The module is designed with intra- and inter- module synchronicity such that learning is supported through Kolb learning cycles for students of all learning styles both within the module itself and in partnership with the other modules of the Foundation Year programme.

Teaching

9%: Lecture
91%: Practical (Laboratory)

Assessment

100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 117 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: