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Science project course: radiation and matter

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  • Points: 30
  • Code: SXP390
  • Level: 3
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SXP390 differs from other level 3 astronomy and physics modules because you source your own literature to study and there's no formal study planner for guidance. The deadlines to be met are the submission of 3 TMAs and the EMA, other than that it's down to the individual what to do and when to do it.

Early on you define the scope of your project using the objectives that you develop with guidance from your tutor. The project objectives are vital in determining which literature you select for study and defining the title of your project along with its objectives is part of TMA01. Mid-way through the module your tutor's feedback on TMA02 will confirm whether the scope of your project is on track or if any major changes need to be considered.

At the end of the module you submit a literature review as part of the EMA and provide reflection on your work as a whole. This review should not just be a summary of the literature studied; it must also provide critical evaluation. For TMA03 you submit a short draft review which helps in preparation for the EMA and your tutor's comments at this point provide guidance on refinement.

Overall this is a demanding module that requires good time management and focus to secure a positive outcome. Once completed though you will attain an enhanced level of understanding within your chosen field and a great sense of personal achievement.

Ian Jebb

Course starting: February 2014

Review posted: December 2014

This module is the recommended final module you take towards the completion of your degree (compulsory module for the Natural Science named degree), and you can understand why, the onus is mostly on the student to pretty much get on with the module. Saying that though, there is plentiful help on hand from your tutor, also help from students in the other strands of the SX*390 suite of modules; module forums are shared between subjects.

Starting with the project guide to help you get going and start your journey on the module, you have to choose a given research area; Bioelectromagnetism, Quantum, Astrophysical Jets and Gravitational lenses, each based on the 4 level 3 physics/astro modules. These seem rather broad, but each are in fact filled to the brim with articles/research in many small niche areas. So you might actually be overwhelmed more than you might have originally expected.

It is ultimately rewarding in the end, and completely worth it, just be prepared for blood, sweat and tears on the journey. It will try and grind you down with tedious tasks and brick walls.

Just remember, you will eventually enjoy it.

Lawrence Edward Bilton

Course starting: February 2013

Review posted: June 2014

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