PHYS3044 Overseas Research Placement

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Students undertake the research project under the close supervision of an overseas researcher who mentors the student in all aspects of research practice and report writing. It therefore reflects the ethos of New Courses in which research experience and overseas study are key pillars.
Students are able to (1) appreciate the universality of research approaches in physics research; (2) critically evaluate research literature applicable to the research project undertaken; (3) understand the key physics concepts and approaches enabling the research project; and (4) appreciate cultural differences in the approach to study and life.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) overseas study reflective essay and (2) overseas research report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Darren Grasso
Unit rules
[(PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics (formerly Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics)
PHYS3003 Astrophysics and Space Science)
PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics]
(PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity
PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics)
all PHYS research placement units
Approved quota: approximately 20, funding dependent—subject to the number of places available at overseas institutions, the availability of funding and a student's academic performance in Level 2 and Level 3 units, in consultation with the Head of School.
Contact hours
This is a research experience unit with no set contact hours, but with an expectation of 150 hours study. Normally this would be achieved in a four-week research placement with 37.5 hours per week working on a research project in an overseas research group.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.