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PX442-15 Laboratory for Mathematics & Physics Students

Undergraduate Level 4
Module leader
Andrew Howes
Credit value
Module duration
8 weeks
100% coursework
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

This module provides an introduction to collaborative experimental and computational work and to some advanced research techniques. Students work in a team and are responsible for the planning and direction of an experiment. The module covers data acquisition and the analysis of errors and the health and safety regulatory environment within which all experimental work must be undertaken. Students report on their work in writing and in an oral presentation.

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Module aims

To introduce collaborative experimental and computational work and some advanced research techniques.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Students will be introduced to laboratory work, the analysis of data and the legislative environment within which experimental work is undertaken. Working in groups they will then undertake a programme of experimental and computational work. They will report on their work in collaboration with their colleagues in a group presentation and in writing.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Carry out, and report on, a collaborative experimental study, produce a report in the style of a research paper with several authors
  • Use models and simulations to represent complex physical systems
  • Give an oral presentation to other students
  • Determine, understand and analyse the uncertainties (random and systematic) of measurements
  • Discuss the issues, including health and safety, associated with the planning, execution and analysis an experiment or observational measurement
Subject specific skills

Analysis of techniques and results, computer simulation, discussing with collaborators, writing in research paper format

Transferable skills

Analytical, communication, IT, organisational, problem-solving, self-study

Study time

Type Required
Other activity 48 hours (32%)
Private study 102 hours (68%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Analysis of techniques and results, computer simulation, discussing with collaborators, writing in research paper format

Other activity description

Up to 8 six hour sessions in laboratory


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A1
Weighting Study time
Reporting on and presentation of results 100%
Feedback on assessment

Written and oral feedback will be given by the markers. Feedback from demonstrators during the laboratory


This module is Core for:

  • Year 3 of UPXA-FG33 Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys)
  • Year 3 of UPXA-FG31 Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (MMathPhys)