6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2018 (On-campus)
- Second semester 2018 (On-campus)
- Summer semester A 2018 (On-campus)
- Summer semester B 2018 (On-campus)
12 points of level two physics or astrophysics at a distinction average. Enrolment requires the approval from the School of Physics and Astronomy.
This unit provides the opportunity for high achieving students to undertake a small research project in physics. Students will develop the skills of planning, record-keeping, literature search, analysis and communication necessary for a successful project. Students will work with an academic supervisor on an experimental or theoretical project, including astrophysics and astronomy, medical imaging, x-ray physics, synchrotron-based studies, quantum mechanics, resonance spectroscopies, magnetism, physics education and polymers.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Plan aspects of a project and manage related timelines;
- Communicate effectively with a project supervisor, colleagues and technical staff;
- Access and review scientific literature;
- Maintain a clear record of work done;
- Analyse and interpret results in terms of related physics theory;
- Write appropriate scientific reports, both interim and final;
- Communicate by oral presentation.
Project work - logbook, competence, planning and initiative: 40%
Written progress reports: 10%
Oral presentation: 15%
Final report: 35%
An average of 12 hours of study per week split between independent research, collaborative research, meeting with supervisors and work on assessed items.
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