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PX30PS: PROFESSIONAL SKILLS FOR PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY (2019-2020)

Last modified: 28 Aug 2019 09:08


Course Overview

This course will give students opportunities to develop technical and

professional skills necessary for success in Honours level

Chemistry/Physics and beyond. The course will include working with

scientific literature, computer programming and the use of software

tools in research and activities to enhance employability.

Students will develop an appreciation of the power of state of the art

computer programs to assist the user to understand complex data sets.

Students will also become more confident in communicating and

assessing scientific ideas.

By considering their own skills development, students will feel more

able to identify and compete for exciting graduate employment

opportunities.

 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Mark Law

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Physics (PX)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Lectures, workshops, directed reading and self-study projects will

introduce a range of computer software important in modern physical

sciences research and afford opportunities to develop technical skills

in using these programmes and in computer programming. The classes and

other activities will also explain issues relevant to reporting,

citing and critical assessment of scientific results. Finally, the

course will include topics to enhance employability.

Content will include:

hands-on experience with specialised software for data processing and

visualisation (two of MatLab, Excel, Mathematica, Discovery Studio

Visualiser, electronic structure calculation);

problem solving using a high-level programming language (one of

Python, Fortan, MatLab ...);

scientific literature searching and critical appraisal;

writing and presentation skills;

employability training, including one-to-one discussion with a Careers

Adviser and assessing and presenting personal skills set and graduate

attributes.

 


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative

exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis

practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their

in-course components of summative assessment.

 

Word Count
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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application (CV and covering letter)

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative

exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis

practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their

in-course components of summative assessment.

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

data analysis project report - inc visualisation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis

practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their in-course components of summative assessment.

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

programming project electronic submission

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative

exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis

practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their

in-course components of summative assessment.

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

reflective journal

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative

exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis

practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their

in-course components of summative assessment.

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative

exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis

practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their

in-course components of summative assessment.

 

Word Count
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

application (CV and covering letter)

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative

exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis

practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their

in-course components of summative assessment.

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

data analysis project report - inc visualisation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis

practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their in-course components of summative assessment.

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

programming project electronic submission

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative

exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis

practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their

in-course components of summative assessment.

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

reflective journal

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative

exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis

practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their

in-course components of summative assessment.

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Formative Assessment

Draft assessments, CV and attend careers appt

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative

exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis

practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their

in-course components of summative assessment.

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Draft assessments, CV and attend careers appt

Assessment Type Formative Weighting
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

Look up Week Numbers

Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative

exercises and in literature searching/programming/data analysis

practical classes. They will also receive feedback on each of their

in-course components of summative assessment.

 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
Sorry, we don't have this information available just now. Please check the course guide on MyAberdeen or with the Course Coordinator

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandStudents will develop an appreciation of the power of state of the artcomputer programs to assist the user to understand complex data setsand their interpretation in science.
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will also become more confident in communicating andassessing scientific ideas - in particular developing competences inusing the scientific literature, project planning and presentingresu
ReflectionEvaluateBy considering their own skills development and practising describingthose skills and other relevant personal qualities to others, studentswill feel more able to identify and compete for exciting gr
FactualUnderstandStudents will develop enhanced competences in:Computer programming;Using computer software to visualise, analyse and interpret data;Using the scientific literature;Project planning;Discussion and
FactualUnderstandStudents will develop an appreciation of the power of state of the artcomputer programs to assist the user to understand complex data setsand their interpretation in science.
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will also become more confident in communicating andassessing scientific ideas - in particular developing competences inusing the scientific literature, project planning and presentingresu
ReflectionEvaluateBy considering their own skills development and practising describingthose skills and other relevant personal qualities to others, studentswill feel more able to identify and compete for exciting gr
FactualUnderstandStudents will develop enhanced competences in:Computer programming;Using computer software to visualise, analyse and interpret data;Using the scientific literature;Project planning;Discussion and

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