Your Course Organisers
Peter Wheatley is the coordinator for the Physics with Astrophysics course.
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, with your Personal Tutor or raise it with one of your Staff Student Liaison Committee representatives.
Your Personal Tutor
Normally you will retain the same personal tutor you had in the previous 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.
Example sheets are distributed as a complete set (comprising 1 or 2 examples per lecture) by the Lecturer at the beginning of a particular module. The purpose of these examples is three-fold:
- To facilitate the development of skill in problem solving in areas related to the lecture modules
- To assist in proper assimilation of the module material.
- To provide valuable experience which will be of considerable help in the April and June Examinations.
Copies of the solutions will be distributed by the Undergraduate Office (Room 565), about 2 weeks after the module has finished. If you have difficulties with these problems you should consult the relevant lecturer.
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, with your partner, as soon as possible in the first week of the academic year to discuss your project and to arrange to start work on it.
As you will see from the programme regulations your project is a very significant part of this year's programme contributing around 35% of the marks. It is therefore vital that you devote appropriate effort to this part of the course. As a guideline you should be working on your project for about 2 days per week throughout the first 2 terms. 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.
Normally any problems with your project will be resolved in conjunction with your supervisor. If you feel this is not happening you should consult your personal tutor or the Project Coordinator, who is in overall charge of the projects.
A prize is awarded each year for "An Excellent Project".
In your first year you were informed of the department's policy towards the late submission of assessed work and the University's regulations on cheating. These, of course apply equally 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 MPhys degree you must perform satisfactorily in the final year. You must also pass the Project.
A prize is awarded for an excellent overall performance.
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