PHYS5016 Dissertation in Theoretical Physics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Content
Students are informed of, and practise, scientific communication appropriate to theoretical physics. Practice seminars are given throughout the semester and are critiqued by members of the research group. Exposure to the practical tools and the professional standards needed to develop and present a research seminar equips them with the tools required for preparation and presentation of their research topic.

Students practice and perform scientific writing, data analysis, and present the final research outcomes.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) present research seminars to technical and general audiences; (2) use presentation tools to present scientific information; (3) explain and justify their research outcomes; and (4) generate a scientific document summarising their research work.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation; (2) research assessment; and (3) dissertation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Darren Grasso
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Physics (Theoretical Physics) and completion of the core units in the Physics major or the Frontier Physics major or equivalent
Co-requisites:
PHYS5304 Physics Research Project Part 4
Contact hours
Average 1-hour per week (students meet with their project supervisors during the semester to discuss the contents of their final thesis and oral defence)
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