Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
To have successfully passed second year Astrophysics modules. Students progressing from the second year into the third year of the courses listed will have completed the Astrophysical Skills and techniques in level 1, andPHY-20002 Stellar Astrophysics as well as the 2nd year programme of practical work in Astrophysics, on which this module will build.
The astrophysics group project gives students an opportunity to apply their skills developed during their degree to a real research project. The project for the group is selected by the module leader and has in recent years been based on the analysis of data from the WASP exoplanet survey. The projects often contribute to the research conducted within the Keele astrophysics group. Students work together to produce a group project report, and also individually to produce their own report that enables each student to explore some aspect of the topic in more depth. Guidance and support on writing reports at a professional level is provided during the module. The science communication aspect of the module enables the students to develop their skills in presenting results from the primary literature to different audiences and in different formats, e.g., as a talk to their peers or as an article for the general reader.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-30006/lists
A: To give the students experience of project work in a realistic framework using research-quality astrophysical data. B: To give the students experience of organising and working in a team and to guide them in the development of the necessary skills. C: To develop further students' skills in communicating science to a range of audiences.
Intended Learning Outcomes
plan, manage and execute a research project; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3use advanced software and statistical methods for the analysis of astrophysical data and interpret the results; will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3communicate scientific findings to a variety of audiences and in different formats. will be achieved by assessments: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Computer laboratory sessions: 65Project meetings: 12Attending presentations: 3Project work, research, preparation: 40 Writing reports, talks and posters: 30
1: Report weighted 60%
Description of Module Assessment
Individual Project ReportReport of about 5000 words on context, aims, methods, results and conclusions from the research conducted by the student aimed at final-year astrophysics student who has not participated in the project.2: Report weighted 10%
Group project reportReport of about 1000 words on the results of the research conducted by the research group in the format of a research note, technical note, or similar. One report to be submitted on behalf of the group with each student submitting a summary of their contribution to the group project and report. There will be about 6 students in each group.3: Report weighted 10%
Project progress reportProgress report of about 500 words submitted approximately half-way through the research project.4: Presentation weighted 10%
Oral presentation based on an article from the primary literature Talk based on a suitable article from the primary literature aimed at a peers.5: Poster Presentation weighted 10%
Poster based on an article from the primary literaturePoster based on a suitable article from the primary literature aimed at a general readership. (No oral presentation aspect to this assessment).