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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Physics Laboratory II
Module Code PS157
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paul Swift
Semester 2: Paul Swift
Autumn: Paul Swift
Module TeachersPaul Swift
Paul Van Kampen
Eilish McLoughlin
Robert O'Connor
Jennifer Gaughran
Karsten Fleischer
Shane O'Sullivan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat the module

Year 1 semester 2 laboratories for AP / PBM/ PHA students

Learning Outcomes

1. Carry out basic experimental measurements with a range of measurement devices
2. Apply appropriate safe laboratory practices
3. Identify connections between experiment and theory for key first year physics concepts in areas such as electricity, magnetism and thermal physics
4. Plot and analyse straight line graphs both manually and using Excel
5. Identify sources of error in an experiment and estimate the associated uncertainty in a measured quantity
6. Plan and execute a short experimental project
7. Students will be aware of ethical issues in relation to plagiarism

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory54Six hours per week of semester 2
Group work18Three week project.
Independent Study24Students will read the laboratory description in advance and look up the relevant theory
Independent Study30Laboratory write-up
Total Workload: 126

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Weekly experiments
Carry out and develop investigations in physics, .e.g. verification of relationships in electrical, magnetic and thermal systems.

Group project
Carry out group project

Learning activities
These will include attendance at laboratory sessions, working with a partner to set up equipment and carry out experiments, analysis of data, report writing, project planning and presentation.

Experiment List
Basic electrical skills, Ohm's law, the oscilloscope - RC circuits; resistor networks; IV characteristics of diodes; magnetic field of a solenoid; viscosity & surface tension; fluid flow, thermal conductivity, thermal expansion.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Report(s)Report write ups70%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

  • H. D. Young: 0, University Physics, Addison Wesley,
  • L.A.Bloomfield: 0, How Things Work : The Physics of Everyday Life, Wiley,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
PGEPhysics General Entry

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