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Organisation and Other Information

Your Course Organisers

Nicholas d'Ambrumenil, our Director of Studies, has general oversight of the courses taught by the Physics Department.

Teaching

After three years at Warwick you will be familiar with our teaching methods and the use of questionnaires to obtain feedback on the individual modules. You are reminded that if you feel that there are serious problems with a module that should be addressed immediately you should discuss the matter with the person giving the module or with one of: Your Personal Tutor, the course coordinator, or one of your Staff Student Liaison Committee representatives.

Your Personal Tutor

Normally you will retain the same personal tutor you had in the previous two years. Whilst your personal tutor will not organise group Academic Tutorials this year, it is important that you remain in regular contact with your tutor. You should see them at least at the beginning and end of each term to discuss your progress and option choices.

During this year you will be actively considering what to do when you complete your degree, be it seeking employment or following a further course of education or training. You will almost certainly be asking your tutor to act as a referee (your project supervisor is another common choice) so it is a good idea to discuss your future plans with your tutor and keep them informed of any progress.

Examples Sheets

For all modules taught by the Physics department example sheets are handed out by the lecturer. The purpose of these examples is to help you

  1. Develop your problem-solving skills in areas related to the modules
  2. Understand the material
  3. Prepare for the end-of-year examinations

Copies of the solutions will be distributed to pigeon holes by the Undergraduate Office (room 568) about two weeks after the module has finished. If you have difficulties with these problems you should consult the relevant lecturer.

Project

You will have chosen your project at the end of the 3rd year and may have spent sometime over the vacation thinking about it, and doing some background reading. You should go to see your project supervisor as soon as possible in the first week of the academic year to discuss your project and to arrange to start work on it.

You will see from the course regulations that your project contributes 35% of your final year's mark. It is therefore vital that you devote appropriate effort to the project. As a guideline you should be working on your project for about 2 days per week from week 2 to week 24. Your supervisor will be monitoring your progress and in extreme cases lack of effort may result in formal `Requirement to Withdraw' proceedings being initiated. Of course it is also important that you do not devote so much time to your project that the rest of your studies suffer.

Reminder

In your first year you were informed that the department has a policy towards the late submission of assessed work and the University's regulations on cheating. These of course apply this year. You are also reminded that the marks you obtain this year count 40% towards your final degree classification and thus a good performance this year may still significantly improve your overall classification from its level after the first 3 years. You should note that to be awarded an MMathPhys degree you must perform satisfactorily in the final year. You must also pass the Project.


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