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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


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

Learning and Teaching

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



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 20%
Examination 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework marks carried forward %
Examination %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: PHYS2001 AND PHYS2003 AND PHYS2006 AND PHYS2023 AND PHYS2024

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