PHYS5561 Master's Dissertation—Astronomy and Astrophysics Part 4

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is taken over three or four semesters and parts 1 to 8 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester one or semester two.

The 48-point unit consists of a research project and dissertation which comprises 50 per cent of the Master of Physics (Astronomy and Astrophysics). The dissertation is based on an individual research project undertaken within one of the research groups in the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. It is expected that the project normally involves original research leading to the establishment of new knowledge in the field. Students develop analytical and research skills that have application not only to their specific field of research but also to a wide range of employment opportunities in government and industry.
In preparation for the research proposal, students are required to assess current knowledge in the field of their research project. They also acquire knowledge of document preparation using Latex, referencing conventions appropriate to astronomy and astrophysics, and research ethics. They develop written and oral communication skills through preparation of a research proposal and oral defense of the proposal. Students acquire research skills during their research project under the supervision and mentorship of a member of staff from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. They also learn from interaction with other staff and postgraduate students in the research group. In the process of writing the dissertation, they develop skills in written communication of outcomes of research. In preparing for the 30-minute seminar on their research project in collaboration with their research supervisor, they develop oral communication skills.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal and oral defense; (2) research work assessed by all supervisors; (3) dissertation graded and ranked by a panel of report readers; and (4) research seminar judged on content and presentation by a panel of markers. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Matthew Young
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560)
PHYS5002 Physics Research Presentation
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