PHY-30027 - Data Analysis and Model Testing
Coordinator: Barry Smalley Room: LJ2.05 Tel: +44 1782 7 34229
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2019/20

Astrophysics Major (Level 6)
Astrophysics Minor (Level 6)
Physics Major (Level 6)
Physics Minor (Level 6)

Available as a Free Standing Elective





Successful completion of level 2 Physics/Astrophysics

Barred Combinations


Description for 2019/20

This module explores the techniques for data analysis and model testing methods are applicable to problems
in physics and astrophysics.

To acquire a systematic understanding of statistical analysis methods and apply these techniques to critically evaluate
physical/astrophysical data sets from primary sources.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The student will have systematic understanding of statistical techniques used to analyze and interpret
physical/astrophysical data [1, 2].
The student will have conceptual understanding that enables the student to solve data analysis problems and to interpret
scientific data, using statistical ideas and modern analysis techniques [2, 3].
The student will be able to critically evaluate data from primary sources to make and communicate judgements by
applying established numerical analysis techniques to physical/astrophysical data [1, 3].

Study hours

10 hours lectures
18 hours practical classes
8 hours problem sheets
10 hours project work
6 hours project report writing
96 hours private study and preparation for examination

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Exercise weighted 20%
2 problem sheets
Questions on systematic understanding of statistical and numerical methods and their application to physical/astrophysical problems (2 problem sheets)

2: Project weighted 40%
2000 word project report
Application of statistical and numerical methods to a data analysis or interpretation problem informed by developments at the forefront of physics/astrophysics. The methods used and an interpretation of the results to be submitted as a written report (2000 words).

3: Class Test weighted 40%
2 hour unseen open book practical test (not scheduled on Exam Timetable)
Two hour unseen "open book" practical test, with a choice of three from five questions. The questions will test whether students can correctly identify and apply correct statistical techniques to analyze and critically evaluate the significance of results from experimental data.