PHYS5562 Research Proposal in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
In this unit students will begin to investigate a specific topic area in astronomy and astrophysics, developing specific knowledge in that area based on their broader knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics, and communicating this in a written literature review that forms part of a research proposal. In close conjunction with their supervisors, the students' will then identify a research problem or question aimed at extending knowledge in that area, design a research plan to solve the problem or answer the question, and learn to report on and defend that plan as both a written proposal and an oral defence.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) discuss their specific research topic with their supervisors at a level appropriate to a commencing Masters student in the field of Astronomy & Astrophysics.; (2) independently discover research papers relevant to the research topic, building a collection of papers that sufficiently summarises the state-of-the-art in the topic area to justify the research proposal.; (3) accurately summarise and critique the relevant research papers in a cohesive literature review, using correct terminology and reasoning, and their broader knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics,; (4) justify a research problem or question aimed at extending knowledge in the chosen topic area.; (5) design a research plan that uses the available time and resources realistically to attempt to solve/answer the research problem/question, and that includes contingency planning for any identified risks in the plan.; (6) write a cohesive research proposal that includes the literature review, using correct grammar, and a written style and referencing system appropriate to the topic area in astronomy and astrophysics.; and (7) report and defend the research proposal in an oral presentation before a panel of expert astronomers and astrophysicists..
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research assessment; (2) oral presentation and defence; and (3) written research proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Matthew Young
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in 53560 Master of Physics (Astronomy and Astrophysics specialisation)
and
completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major
or
equivalent.
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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