Prerequisites: Students with an average of 60% or above (combination of first year and second year results) are eligible to register for this module. Overall the module is expected to involve students for approximately 18h/week, for 12 weeks, spent on laboratory and library work, plus additional time spent on data analysis and on writing the dissertation.
The role of chemical kinetics and thermodynamics in materials science. The module will begin wilth derivation and description of some fundamental kinematics and thermodynamic phenomena such as Gibbs free energy, rate equations, equilibria etc. The effect of variables such as temperature and pressure will be examined. The module will go and to demonstrate with examples how these can be applied to solve problems for gas, solution, and solid phase scenarios with a particular emphasis on polymer synthesis.
Research at postgraduate level places special demands on the developing researcher, for which appropriate training is needed. The two primary goals of this module are to prepare students for the practical challenges of postgraduate research (including the development of a research question/agenda, advanced library research, ethics and practical dimensions of research collection, outlining and writing a dissertation, abstract-writing, oral presentation, and other related skills) and to initiate students into specialised research in their chosen dissertation area. The first part of the module (before reading week) will cover core, generic postgraduate training for all students on the MA, taught through group sessions. The second part of the module (after reading week) will require students to apply this knowledge (as well as knowledge from core modules in Semester 1) to their chosen area of research by pursuing independent reading and research towards their potential dissertation topics (to be completed during the summer term), taught through individual meetings with supervisors.
Thermal and Kinetic Physics is a course designed as an introduction to the notion of energy and its transformations. The thermodynamic methodology that is constructed, largely through the paradigm of the ideal gas, is widely applicable throughout the realm of physics. We begin by developing a language capable of dealing with the thermodynamic method and this requires that concepts of equilibrium and temperature are disentangled before work and heat are described in detail en route to the First Law of Thermodynamics. With the First Law many things become readily accessible to an analytic approach previously unavailable including; engines, refrigerators and heat pumps. Entropy will then make a natural appearance as a macroscopic thermodynamic variable in the build up to the Second Law of Thermodynamics with a brief look at its microscopic origins. New thermodynamic potentials including the Gibbs potential and the Helmholtz free energy, and their applications, are discussed in order to generalise further the thermodynamic method. Phase changes for simple systems are briefly covered and the Third law of Thermodynamics described. Finally an introduction to the kinetic description of gases in equilibrium and of phenomena such as diffusion and heat conduction will complete the module.
This module aims to provide an in-depth understanding of medieval Spanish literature and its most representative genres (epic, lyric and narrative verse, and drama). It studies the three main texts of the period: the anonymous Poema de MÃo CÃd (13th century), Juan Ruiz's Libro de buen amor (c. 1330), and Fernando de Rojas's Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea, also known as La Celestina (1499).
The module is concerned with solving problems rather than building up the theory of a particular area of mathematics. The problems are wide ranging with some emphasis on problems in pure mathematics and on problems that do not require knowledge of other undergraduate modules for their solution. Students will be given a selection of problems to work on and will be expected to use their own initiative and the library. However, hints are provided by staff in the timetabled sessions. Assessment is based on the solutions handed in, together with an oral examination.
The aim of this module is to provide students with the analytical tools of advanced finance theory. The module will give an introduction to stochastic calculus, optimal control and martingale methods, and will cover dynamic asset pricing models, optimal consumption and portfolio theory, equilibrium models of the term structure of interest rates, option pricing of interest rates and stocks based on arbitrage and general equilibrium models, incomplete markets and portfolio optimisation in incomplete markets. Prerequisites: ECOM043 Quantitative Asset Pricing
This offers a high level introduction to concepts related to investment analysis. Topics treated include valuation of real and financial securities; the principles of investment; valuation of risky securities; portfolio analysis and bond portfolio management; financial market equilibrium; the CAPM and APT models; capital budgeting and risk; market efficiency.
The module will introduce concepts associated with advanced object-oriented programming concepts, such as inheritance and polymorphism, creating templates, advanced working with exception handling, stream input/output management, associative containers, algorithms, stacks, queues and binary trees, different search and sort methods, namespaces, advanced string class methods, and working with libraries, e.g. boost and STL. It also explores some of the contexts in which these techniques are useful.
The module covers a number of standard topics in macroeconomics. The module introduces the main theoretical contributions within each set of topics and critically assesses their strength and limitations in the light of the empirical evidence. The first part of the module deals with individual and aggregate consumption and saving behaviour as the outcome of optimal intertemporal choice. It uses the framework to study a number of policy issues including the effect, and optimal mix, of tax versus debt financing of government expenditure. The second part of module presents theories of firms' investment in physical capital and their implications for aggregate investment. The last part introduces two ways of looking at unemployment as an equilibrium outcome. The first view highlights the role of search frictions. The second one focuses on real wage inflexibility. Prerequisites: ECOM001 Macroeconomics A
Pre-requisite: Transmission genetics OR Genes and Bioinformatics This module will introduce strategies and methods for identifying the molecular genetic basis of inherited human disorders and other traits in particular how linkage disequilibrium (LD) is used to identify the loci involved. It will use examples from the current literature to better understand genetic variation at a population and species level. It will examine quantitative traits in humans and other species; in particular the heritability estimates to infer the relative contribution of genes and the environment to important quantitative traits and disorders. Together the information will lead to an understanding of genetic drift and natural selection acting on the DNA sequence, the chromosome and genome organisation. The module will explore the evolution of genomic sequences and of chromosomes. Particular attention is paid to evolutionary processes observed at repetitive DNA sequences and the role of chromosomes in transmitting genetic material through mitosis and meiosis. It explores the role and evolution of sex chromosomes, the evolution of sex and of sexual selection. The course should students to achieve a critical understanding of thinking and research in the genetic processes of evolution.
This module will give you a firm grounding in microeconomic theory. You are presented with a set of concepts and mathematical techniques which will enable you to achieve a better understanding of economic activity and outcomes. The module begins with the analysis of individual decision making, in particular choice under uncertainty and consumer choice, with special emphasis given to duality echniques. You will then move on to the analysis of multiperson decision making, both in the context of strategic interaction (game theory) and in competitive markets (general equilibrium). Lastly you will cover a general review of welfare economics and mechanism design.