10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This Level 3 Astronomy half module provides an opportunity for students to develop and exercise their skills and ability to undertake independent, albeit closely supervised, research. Students are able to select from a wide variety of proposals for projects, many involving practical observation and field work; others are essentially theoretical or interpretative or require the development of computer programmes designed to simulate a variety of astronomical phenomena. Many projects are collaborative and encourage students to work with others in a team, especailly those projects involving a field trip (currently to Teide Observatory in Tenerife). Assessment is based on individual written reports and oral examination. These provide exercise in presentational skills.

Restrictions on availability: Restricted to students studying MASU21, MASU22, PHYU06, PHYU11,

Teaching Methods: Laboratory work, Fieldwork, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Project/ portfolio, Vivavoce

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Physics and Astronomy):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK