PHYS5302 Physics Research Project Part 2

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
The main objective of the project and dissertation is to develop the students' independent research and analytical abilities, and their written and oral communication skills that have applications not only in their specific field of research but also in a wide range of employment opportunities in government and industry. The research project also exposes the students to the working environment, methodology and techniques used by physicists in the student's chosen specialisation. It is expected that the research program would involve original research leading to the establishment of new knowledge in the field.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate skills in document preparation, data collection, presentation and referencing; (2) independently apply research methods, including ethical considerations, to a specific research problem or topic; (3) analyse data by carrying out high-level exploratory data analysis and processing skills; and (4) communicate clearly, effectively and appropriately using written, oral and visual means in a range of contexts.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: continuing 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
Prerequisites:
completion of the core units in the Physics majororthe Frontier Physics extended major or equivalent.
Contact hours
Students should work on their research projects and meet with their supervisors during the semester to discuss their progress and research outcome. Students should spend at least 150 hours on research for this unit.
Note
The four Research Project units (24-points), together with the Research Proposal unit (6 points) and the Dissertation unit (6 points), fulfil the research requirement of the Master of Physics program.

A total of 36-points research credit is based on an individual research on a topic undertaken within one of the research groups in, or affiliated with, the Department of Physics.
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