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Department of Physics

Timetable activity notes 2013/14

These notes are designed for use in conjunction with the Borgan–Craig Timetable Compatibility Utility.

PHYS1081 Introduction to Astronomy

X – each student attends all lectures

PHYS1101 Discovery Skills in Physics

X – each student attends all lectures, some of which are compulsory safety briefings
P – each student attends one full 3-hour practical per week (the same slot each week) throughout both terms
C – each student attends exactly one computer class instead of a practical for that week only
W – each student attends one 1-hour computing workshop every week (the same slot each week) in the relevant weeks

PHYS1141 Maths Toolkit for Scientists

X – each student attends the introductory lecture
W – the weekly drop-in workshops throughout the year are optional
W – each student attends all Group Problem Solving workshops in Epiphany Term

PHYS1122 Foundations of Physics 1

X – each student attends all lectures
T – each student attends one 1-hour tutorial per week (the same slot each week)

PHYS2581 Foundations of Physics 2A

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one workshop in the relevant teaching weeks (the same slot each time), roughly one class per fortnight; the workshops interlock with those for PHYS2591, so students taking both modules will attend one workshop per week (the same slot each week)

PHYS2591 Foundations of Physics 2B

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one workshop in the relevant teaching weeks (the same slot each time), roughly one class per fortnight; the workshops interlock with those for PHYS2581, so students taking both modules will attend one workshop per week (the same slot each week)

PHYS2611 Mathematical Methods in Physics

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one workshop in the relevant teaching weeks (the same slot each time), roughly one class every three weeks; the workshops interlock with those for PHYS2621 and PHYS2631, so students taking all three of these modules will attend one workshop per week (the same slot each week)

PHYS2621 Stars and Galaxies

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one workshop in the relevant teaching weeks (the same slot each time), roughly one class every three weeks; the workshops interlock with those for PHYS2611 and PHYS2631, so students taking all three of these modules will attend one workshop per week (the same slot each week)

PHYS2631 Theoretical Physics 2

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one workshop in the relevant teaching weeks (the same slot each time), roughly one class every three weeks; the workshops interlock with those for PHYS2611 and PHYS2621, so students taking all three of these modules will attend one workshop per week (the same slot each week)

PHYS2641 Laboratory Skills and Electronics

X – each student attends all lectures, some of which are compulsory safety briefings
W – each student attends one 1-hour Computational Physics workshop each week (the same slot each week) throughout Michaelmas Term
P – each student attends one full 3-hour practical per week (the same slot each week) throughout both terms
C – each student attends exactly one computer class instead of a practical for that week only

PHYS3561 Key Skills A

Te – the 3-hour Collection examination in Durham Week 10 is compulsory
Ps – each student attends one 2-hour poster session in Durham Week 10 (summatively assessed)
T – tutorials are arranged by tutors and students at mutually convenient times [and do not appear in the timetable]
P – each student attends one 3-hour computing practical per week in either Michaelmas Term or Epiphany Term (the same slot each week)
W – each student attends one general problems class per week in both terms (the same slot each week)

PHYS3581 Team Project

X – each student attends one of the two lectures, which are compulsory safety briefings and which also apply to PHYS3601
S – each student attends one of the two 2-hour seminars, which are compulsory team briefings
P – each student attends three full 3-hour practicals per week (the same slots each week) in either Michaelmas Term or Epiphany Term; the precise details are slightly flexible
Note: a student taking both PHYS3581 and PHYS3601 attends both 'lectures' and undertakes practicals for one module in Michaelmas Term and for the other module in Epiphany Term; a student taking both PHYS3581 and PHYS3561 normally undertakes practicals for both these modules in the same term

PHYS3591 Mathematics Workshop

T – the 2-hour Open-Book examinations in Durham Weeks 11 and 20 are compulsory
X – each student attends all lectures, which typically consist of a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour workshop

PHYS3601 Laboratory Project

X – each student attends one of the two lectures, which are compulsory safety briefings and which also apply to PHYS3581
P – each student attends three full 3-hour practicals per week (the same slots each week) in either Michaelmas Term or Epiphany Term; the precise details are slightly flexible and depend on the student's lab section
Note: a student taking both PHYS3581 and PHYS3601 attends both 'lectures' and undertakes practicals for one module in Michaelmas Term and for the other module in Epiphany Term

PHYS3611 Physics into Schools

X – each student attends all lectures
T – each student attends all tutorials
In addition, each student undertakes a school placement for 10 half-days in Epiphany Term

PHYS3621 Foundations of Physics 3A

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one 1-hour examples class every week (the same slot each week)

PHYS3631 Foundations of Physics 3B

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one 1-hour examples class every week (the same slot each week)

PHYS3641 Advanced Physics 3

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one 1-hour examples class in the relevant teaching weeks (the same slot each time), roughly one class per fortnight; the examples classes interlock with those for PHYS3651 and PHYS3661

PHYS3651 Planets and Cosmology 3

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one 1-hour examples class in the relevant teaching weeks (the same slot each time), roughly one class per fortnight; the examples classes interlock with those for PHYS3641 and PHYS3661

PHYS3661 Theoretical Physics 3

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one 1-hour examples class in the relevant teaching weeks (the same slot each time), roughly one class per fortnight; the examples classes interlock with those for PHYS3641 and PHYS3651

PHYS3671 Foundations of Physics 3C

The timetable is identical to that for PHYS2591 Foundations of Physics 2B.

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one workshop in the relevant teaching weeks (the same slot each time), roughly one class per fortnight; the workshops interlock with those for PHYS2581, so students taking both modules will attend one workshop per week (the same slot each week)

PHYS3681 Laboratory Skills and Electronics 3

The timetable is identical to that for PHYS2641 Laboratory Skills and Electronics.

X – each student attends all lectures, some of which are compulsory safety briefings
W – each student attends one 1-hour Computational Physics workshop each week (the same slot each week) throughout Michaelmas Term
P – each student attends one full 3-hour practical per week (the same slot each week) throughout both terms
C – each student attends exactly one computer class instead of a practical for that week only

PHYS4121 Atoms, Lasers and Qubits

X – each student attends all lectures

PHYS4141 Advanced Theoretical Physics

X – each student attends all lectures

PHYS4151 Advanced Condensed Matter Physics

X – each student attends all lectures

PHYS4161 Advanced Astrophysics

X – each student attends all lectures

PHYS4181 Particle Theory

X – each student attends all lectures

PHYS4201 Theoretical Astrophysics

X – each student attends all lectures

PHYS4213 Project

S – each student attends all seminars unless otherwise notified by the lecturer
P – each student is expected to spend at least 16 hours per week undertaking project work and these 'practicals' provide suitable opportunities for this. You do not need to report to your project supervisor at these times. You are responsible for your own time-management and do not necessarily need to adhere strictly to these four slots but will need to put in work at other times too.

PHYS4221 Advanced Physics 4

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one 1-hour examples class in the relevant teaching weeks (the same slot each time), roughly one class per fortnight; the examples classes interlock with those for PHYS4231 and PHYS4241

PHYS4231 Planets and Cosmology 4

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one 1-hour examples class in the relevant teaching weeks (the same slot each time), roughly one class per fortnight; the examples classes interlock with those for PHYS4221 and PHYS4241

PHYS4241 Theoretical Physics 4

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one 1-hour examples class in the relevant teaching weeks (the same slot each time), roughly one class per fortnight; the examples classes interlock with those for PHYS4221 and PHYS4231

PHYS4251 Foundations of Physics 4A

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one 1-hour examples class every week (the same slot each week)

PHYS4261 Foundations of Physics 3B

X – each student attends all lectures
W – each student attends one 1-hour examples class every week (the same slot each week)

The above information is for guidance only and should be used in conjunction with departmental and University module information. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that a proposed combination of modules is timetable compatible.