PHYS5025 Research Proposal in Experimental Physics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is to provide experimental physics students tools and skills to gain knowledge on the research topics for undertaking the research project. Students will be informed and practise library and database searching, professional scientific writing skills, referencing conventions appropriate to branches of physics and research ethics.

The experimental physics students will be required to take laboratory safety, radiation safety and laser safety courses accordingly, depending on the specific research projects

The students will prepare a literature review of their research topic, and will be exposed to the research environment by starting preliminary experimental investigation and participating the research group meetings.

Students will 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; learn how to use database; (2) develop written and oral communication skills; (3) acquire special knowledge by taken special courses; and (4) gain experimental skills by working with the research group.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) proposal; (2) proposal presentation; and (3) supervisor assessment. 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 53560 Master of Physics (Experimental 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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