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PHYS3017 BSc Final Year Synoptic Examination

Module Overview

The Synoptic Examination is intended to allow students to display a broad understanding of the first and second year courses they have already studied and to encourage synthesis between these courses, as well as broad ranging problem solving skills. Students’ studies will be supported by revision lectures - each week one of the lecturers of the core first and second year courses will lead the session. Problem solving sessions will also be included. The course work involves setting your own Synoptic exam questions which will hopefully give new insights into the material taught and the examination process.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Students in the synoptic exam will be expected to display a broad knowledge and understanding of the core first and second year courses, to understand the inter-relations between those courses and to display problem solving skills in novel problem environments.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand what is essential in Physics knowledge
  • find underlying themes that link different Physics branches eg. resonance of a mechanical system with a standing wave

Syllabus

The synoptic paper may draw on any first or second year core course material.

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Follow-up work6
Revision10
Preparation for scheduled sessions6
Wider reading or practice94
Lecture12
Completion of assessment task22
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 20%
Exam 80%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework marks carried forward %
Exam %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites

To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

CodeModule
PHYS2006Classical Mechanics
PHYS2003Quantum Physics
PHYS2024Quantum Physics of Matter
PHYS2001Electromagnetism
PHYS2023Wave Physics
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