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PHYS6015 MPhys Final Year Synoptic Examination

Module Overview

Students in the synoptic exam will be expected to display a broad knowledge and understanding of the core first, second and third year courses, to understand the inter-relations between those courses and to display problem solving skills in novel problem environments. Students’ studies will be supported by revision lectures - each week one of the lecturers of the core first, second and third 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

The Synoptic Examination is intended to allow students to display a broad understanding of the first, second and third year courses they have already studied and to encourage synthesis between these courses, as well as broad ranging problem solving skills.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the core first, second and third year courses
  • Understand the inter-relations between those courses
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Be able to display problem solving skills in novel problem environments

Syllabus

The synoptic paper may draw on any first, second and third year core course material.

Learning and Teaching

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

Resources & Reading list

Aitchison and Hey. Gauge Theories in Particle Physics. 

Perkins. Introduction to High Energy Physics. 

Casalbuoni. Introduction to Quantum Field Theory. 

Halzen and Martin. Quarks and Leptons. 

Lee. Accelerator Physics. 

Martin and Shaw. Particle Physics. 

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: PHYS1011 AND PHYS1013 AND PHYS1015 AND PHYS1022 AND PHYS2001 AND PHYS2003 AND PHYS2006 AND PHYS2023 AND PHYS2024 AND PHYS3004 AND PHYS3007 AND PHYS3008 AND PHYS3002

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