Practical skills (able to):
1. Carry out laboratory and observatory
experiments to demonstrate physical
principles and measure constants of
2. Use spreadsheet package to present and calculate physics results.
3. Present results with appropriately calculated errors.
4. Report experimental results clearly and methodically.
5. Work in a team to tackle an open ended scientific problem and present joint conclusions.
6. Use computer packages for word-processing, webpage management and manipulation of mathematical functions.
7. Use compiled or interpreted computer languages to write original programs.
8. Design an experiment and/or computer-based investigation to study and solve an open-ended research problem.
Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
1. Set experiments, starting simply in first year; more open ended in later years. Close advice and supervision.
2, 6 and 7. Workstation-based hands-on courses;
first year and second year Python, third year object oriented programming option (Java).
3. Supplementary lectures linked to set experiments.
4. Preparation of workbooks and detailed reports.
5. Field trip, involving observations, data reduction and research analysis.
8. 1.5-unit final-year project.