PHYS5303 Physics Research Project Part 3

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
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 that have applications not only in their specific field of research but also in a wide range of employment opportunities in government and industry. The research project also exposes the students to the working environment, methodology and techniques used by physicists in the student's chosen specialisation. It is expected that the research program would involve original research leading to the establishment of new knowledge in the field.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate skills in document preparation, data collection, presentation and referencing ; (2) independently apply research methods, including ethical considerations, to a specific research problem or topic; (3) analyse data by carrying out high-level exploratory data analysis and processing skills ; and (4) communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately using written, oral and visual means in a range of contexts.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: continuing assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Li Ju
Unit rules
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
(PHYS5015 Research Proposal in Theoretical Physics and PHYS5016 Dissertation in Theoretical Physics) or

(PHYS5035 Research Proposal in Computational Physics
PHYS5036 Dissertation in Computational Physics) or

(PHYS5025 Research Proposal in Experimental Physics and PHYS5026 Dissertation in Experimental Physics) or

(PHYS5562 Research Proposal in Astronomy and Astrophysics
PHYS5563 Dissertation in Astronomy and Astrophysics) or

(PHYS5435 Research Proposal in Medical Physics and PHYS5436 Dissertation in Medical Physics)
Contact hours
Students should work on their research projects and meet with their supervisors during the semester to discuss their progress and research outcome. Students should spend at least 150 hours on research for this unit.
The four Research Project units (24-points), together with the Research Proposal unit (6 points) and the Dissertation unit (6 points), fulfil the research requirement of the Master of Physics program.

A total of 36-points research credit is based on an individual research on a topic undertaken within one of the research groups in, or affiliated with, the Department of Physics.
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