This unit has hurdle requirements, specifying a minimum standard that must be attained in aspects of the unit. To pass this unit you must obtain a mark of at least:
- 50% in the unit overall
as well as
- 40% in the final examination
- 40% in each individual laboratory activity (full report or lab book).
In addition, you must also submit a minimum of 8 regular quizzes.
The laboratory will be assessed in the following way:
Each experiment is allotted two weeks for completion and you are expected to complete 5 experiments.
(i) For all experiments apart from experiment 3, the notes in your laboratory notebook will be marked. If those are less than satisfactory, the book will be returned to you for correcting, and then re-marked. All relevant calculations must be done, the appropriate graphs drawn, and uncertainties assessed where appropriate.
(ii) You are required to submit a full report on the experiment you are doing in weeks 6 and 7. This report will be submitted in draft form initially. It will be marked and returned to you with comments for improvement. When the report is resubmitted, your first attempt should also be handed in for comparison. The mark awarded for the report will be that obtained in the second marking. (However, if you obtain more than 7 out of 10 for the initial submission, then handing in the final version is optional.) This strategy gives you the opportunity to use the feedback from staff to help you develop professional report writing skills before your work is finally graded.