PHYS5001 Physics Research Project Development

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Students are informed of, and practise, library and database searching, the use of LaTeX and EndNote, professional scientific writing skills, referencing conventions appropriate to branches of physics and research ethics. Depending upon the specialisation, students are informed of, and practise, laboratory safety, radiation safety, laser safety, risk assessment, computational methods and theoretical methods.

This knowledge equips them with the tools to undertake research, and prepare a literature review of their research topic. Students are exposed to the practical tools and professional standards needed to develop a research project. They are trained in proper laboratory practice to ensure a safe workplace, and to recognise risks as insignificant or significant. The handling of hazardous materials, waste disposal, emergency procedures and reporting mechanisms are discussed.

Students acquire the ability to search databases of scientific literature to review and synthesise previous work and methodologies in the particular discipline or field of study relevant to their research project, and learn to store and manage this information. They also realise the current state of the art of a field of study by gaining skills in querying public repositories of scientific data that have been experimentally generated, and extracting data relevant to the research project. Students develop professional scientific writing skills, and are made aware of ethical issues in science, including acceptable scientific practice, standards and behaviour.
Students are able to (1) assess current knowledge in the field of their research project and acquire knowledge of document preparation, referencing and conventions appropriate to physics; (2) develop written and oral communication skills through preparation of presentation and oral defense of the proposal.; and (3) work within the research group and start research in the proposed project.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) literature review and research proposal; (2) oral defence of research proposal; and (3) preliminary research. 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 Master of Physics [53560]
Contact hours
lectures and practical classes: average 1 hour per week (students meet with their project supervisors throughout the semester to define the content of the literature review and research proposal)
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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