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Unit Overview


Students are informed of, and practise, scientific communication appropriate to physics. Practice seminars are given throughout the semester and are critiqued by members of the research groups. Exposure to the practical tools and professional standards needed to develop and present a research seminar equip them with the tools required to prepare and present a seminar on their research topic.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) present research seminars to technical and general audiences; (2) use presentation tools to present scientific information; and (3) have the ability to explain and justify research outcomes..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research presentations to research groups and (2) dissertation seminar presentation and oral defence judged by a panel of academics from various backgrounds. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Li Ju
Unit rules
PHYS5001 Physics Research Project Development
PHYS5014 Master's Dissertation—Theoretical Physics Part 4
or PHYS5024 Master's Dissertation—Experimental Physics Part 4
or PHYS5034 Master's Dissertation—Computational Physics Part 4
or PHYS5434 Master's Dissertation—Medical Physics Part 4
or PHYS5561 Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 4
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 research presentation)
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.