Module – Foundation Physics Laboratory

FHEQ Level: Level 3 (Foundation Year)
Credits: 20
Module Code: F300 00017
Course Reference Number (CRN): 50158
Delivery: September Start, Trimesters 1&2 (Long Thin)

Syllabus Outline

• Experimental design
• Methods of scientific measurement
• Data analysis and errors
• A series of experiments covering, mechanics, thermal physics, electricity, and waves


Coursework: Core laboratory skills, 50%
Coursework: Laboratory journal, 50%
More detailed information may be found in the Assessments section.


New A-Level Physics for AQA: Year 1 & 2 Student Book with Online Edition (2018) ISBN: 9781789080483

Practical Physics – G. L. Squires – Cambridge University Press; 4 edition (21 Aug. 2008) ISBN-10: 0521779405

Further updates and supplementary texts may be found in the University Reading Lists system.


​This module concentrates on the underlying physics laboratory skills required in science and engineering. You will gain the knowledge and the ability to understand the methodologies and application of practical skills to theoretical work presented in lectures. The relationship between the various aspects of this module and their role to scientists and engineers in the workplace will be highlighted.


1. To develop practical laboratory skills in physics .
2. To develop skills in the taking and critical analysis of data.
3. To develop skills in scientific reporting.

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate basic laboratory skills including empirical measurement.
2. Demonstrate competence in the recording and analysis of empirical data.
3. Demonstrate practical problem-solving skills.
4. Demonstrate communication through written material.

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

The module comprises of weekly 3 hour laboratory classes.

Initial training is given in physics-based equipment and measurement techniques. You will then embark on a series of supervised experiments which involve the setting up of the experiment, the systematic gathering of data, and the critical analysis of the data including error analysis.

The laboratory assessment is based on summative coursework at the end of trimester 1 and observation during practical classes and on the reporting of experiments in a journal at the end of trimester 2.