2023-2024 / STRA0004-2

Personal works


20h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in physics2 crédits 


Eric Opsomer

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course is an introduction to documentation techniques, processing and representation of data. Following points will be discussed:

  • Measurements and error analysis
  • Graphical representation of data
  • Data fitting
  • Introduction to scientific writing
  • Introduction to LaTeX
  • Documentation techniques
  • Preparing the exam

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The goal of this course is to initiate the student to university-level scientific writing, teach them how to communicate science and how to realize neat and tidy project reports. Students will learn to:

  • estimate the error on data obtained based on measurements
  • conveniently represent data on a graphic
  • fit usual laws onto data points
  • use the LaTeX language for scientific writing
  • find trustworthy reference articles
  • write a bibliography

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Science and mathematic (high school level). Basic informatics knowledge.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

A theoretical introduction is given at the beginning of the lesson. Then, tutorials are then organized in order to confront the students to real situations. 

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course is given face to face over 7 lessons. Each lesson is composed of a theoretical and a applied part. The exact schedule of the course will be accessible in CELCAT. Theory will be presented using slides that will be available on eCampus.

Recommended or required readings

Slides, Mathematica notebooks and LaTeX templates are available on eCampus. For more informations, students can have a look at:

  • R. Lambert, « Le LaTeX, notions de base », cinquième édition, Edition de L'ULg.
  • J. Schimel, « Writing science » , Oxford University Press (2012)

Written work / report

Additional information:

The exam will consist in the realization of a 4 page long lab report using LaTeX. The report has to contain at least one graphic created with Mathematica and has the be confrom to the rules of sound scientific writing that have been seen in class. Further details will be communicated via eCampus.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The teacher will answer to all questions during the teaching period. During the exams and official holidays, the teacher will not answer anymore. Practical informations will be given via email or eCampus.


Eric OPSOMER Phone: +32 4 366.29.32 Email: eric.opsomer@uliege.be

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