Mechanics and Properties of Matter Laboratory (H7117)
15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)
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 and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses: