Studying online

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Unit Overview


Students are informed of, and practise, library and database searching, the use of LaTeX and EndNote, professional scientific writing skills, referencing conventions appropriate to branches of physics and research ethics. Depending upon the specialisation, students are informed of, and practise, laboratory safety, radiation safety, laser safety, risk assessment, computational methods and theoretical methods.

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. They are trained in proper laboratory practice to ensure a safe workplace, and to recognise risks as insignificant or significant. The handling of hazardous materials, waste disposal, emergency procedures and reporting mechanisms are discussed.

Students acquire the ability to search databases of scientific literature to review and synthesise previous work and methodologies in the particular discipline or field of study relevant to their research project, and learn to store and manage this information. They also realise the current state of the art of a field of study by gaining skills in querying public repositories of scientific data that have been experimentally generated, and extracting data relevant to the research project. Students develop professional scientific writing skills, and are made aware of ethical issues in science, including acceptable scientific practice, standards and behaviour.

Students practice and perform oral and visual scientific presentations, teamwork, and working with industry experts. They also learn to interact effectively with audiences, and gain skills such as handling discussions.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) assess current knowledge in the field of their research project; learn how to use database; (2) acquire knowledge of document preparation, referencing and conventions appropriate to physics; (3) develop written and oral communication skills through preparation of presentation and oral defense of the proposal; (4) work within the research group and starting research in the proposed project.; and (5) acquire special knowledge by taking special courses.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) literature review; (2) research proposal; and (3) oral defence of research proposal. 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)
Dr Pejman Rowshan Farzad
Unit rules
Enrolment in the
CM015 Bachelor of Science [Frontier Physics] and Master of Physics
or the 53560 Master of Physics
and Enrolment (other than course) in the SP-MEDPH Medical Physics specialisation and completion of the core units in the Physics major or equivalent
Contact hours
Average 1 hour per week (students meet with their project supervisors during the semester to discuss the contents of their research proposal and literature review)
  • 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.