PHYS5015 Research Proposal in Theoretical Physics

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, professional scientific writing skills, referencing conventions appropriate to theoretical physics and research ethics. Students are informed of the various computational and mathematical methods used in theoretical physics.

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.

Students acquire the ability to search databases of scientific literature to review and synthesise previous work and methodologies in the discipline of theoretical physics with relevance to their research project, and learn to store and manage this information. 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) research proposal and (2) oral defence of research proposal. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Darren Grasso
Unit rules
enrolment in 53560 Master of Physics (Theoretical Physics specialisation) and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent.
Contact hours
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)
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