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Science project course: radiation and matter

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  • Points: 30
  • Code: SXP390
  • Level: 3

Student reviews

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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Module satisfaction survey

The figures below are taken from a survey of students who sat the exam/completed the end-of-module assessment for the February 2016 presentation of SXP390. The survey was carried out in 2016.

40 students (a response rate of 34.5%) responded to the survey covering what they thought of 10 aspects of the module.

Please note that if the percentage of students who responded to this module survey is below 30% and/or the number of responses is below 23 it means that only a small proportion of students provided feedback and their views as shown here may not be fully representative of all students who studied the module.

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% Count
Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module 89.7 35
Overall, I am satisfied with my study experience 90 36
The module provided good value for money 80 32
I was satisfied with the support provided by my tutor/study adviser on this module 97.4 38
Overall, I was satisfied with the teaching materials provided on this module 78.9 30
The learning outcomes of the module were clearly stated 92.5 37
I would recommend this module to other students 90 36
The module met my expectations 87.5 35
I enjoyed studying this module 87.5 35
Overall, I was able to keep up with the workload on this module 87.2 34
Faculty comment: "The module team warmly thanks students for their feedback and comments via the recent survey. Clearly, the vast majority of those who responded are satisfied with their study experience, with the support provided by their tutor, and would recommend the module to other students. This student comment captures a common view: ""I feel this module is reflective of the true world of science and academia more than many I have encountered and it was a fitting end. I really enjoyed this module even though it was very challenging and at times overwhelming, but I felt I learned so much through the experience.""
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