The assessment is articulated in three steps: laboratory test, written exam, oral exam. Students are required to participate to at least five out of six laboratory activities, taking into account the availability of a final additional shift to allow carrying out missed activities.
The laboratory test consists in writing (one for each group of students) reports on the activities carried out; these reports should be written in an appropriate language, should be concise but giving adequate information on the exploited principles and on what performed in the laboratory, the calculation of the required quantities and the corresponding errors, as well as a critical discussion on the results obtained based on an analysis of the applied methodology and on the comparison to appropriate literature data.
The written exam consists in solving two exercises relating to the theory proposed in Module 1 and similar, regarding difficulty and contents, to those solved in the classroom. The duration of the written test is one hour and a half – two hours and the use of a scientific calculator is allowed, as well as (at the teacher’s desk) of the suggested texts and a table of pertaining formulas made available by the teacher. At the end of the test the two exercises are solved at the blackboard by the teacher.
The oral text, taking about half an hour, consists in the discussion of what done by the student in the written test and in one or more questions about the laboratory activities, aiming also to ascertain the real participation of the student to the data processing and writing of the group reports. During this discussion, clear reasoning, appropriate language and assimilation of the contents learnt during the course are required.
The final grade will take into account the results achieved in the written and oral tests, incorporating (in positive or negative) the evaluation of the laboratory reports.