PHYS4001 Dissertation in Physics Part 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Physics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit is taken over two semesters and parts 1 to 4 must be completed to fulful the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2.

The 24-point unit consists of a research project and dissertation which comprises 50 per cent of the Honours in Physics course.The dissertation is based on an individual research project on a topic undertaken within one of the research groups in, or affiliated with, the School of Physics. The main objective of the project and dissertation is to develop the students' independent research and analytical abilities, and their written and oral communication skills. The research project also exposes the students to the working environment, equipment and procedures used by physicists. It is expected that the project normally involve original research leading to the establishment of new knowledge in the field.
Students are able to (1) prepare a research proposal; (2) assess current knowledge in the field through a literature review; (3) develop skills in document preparation, data presentation and referencing; (4) independently apply research methods, including ethical considerations, to a specific research problem or topic; (5) give oral presentations; and (6) demonstrate high-level written communication skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal and oral defence; (2) research work assessed by all supervisors; (3) dissertation graded and ranked by a panel of report readers; and (4) research seminar judged on content and presentation by a panel of markers. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Li Ju
Unit rules
enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a completed major in Physics
Contact hours
a total load of 150 hours
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