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PHYS5563 Dissertation in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
In this unit students finalise and report on the research that was planned in the unit “Research Proposal in Astronomy and Astrophysics”, and then executed in the units “Research Project Parts 1 – 4 “. Students will continue to receive formative feedback during this unit, and will learn the discourse conventions of astronomy and astrophysics as they prepare an oral and written report on their research. The oral report will be given as a seminar followed by questions before an audience of astrophysicists, and feedback from the seminar may help in finalising the written research dissertation. At the conclusion of the unit a summative assessment will be provided based on the student's demonstrated research skills, their oral presentation and their written research dissertation.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) execute a research plan, demonstrating a level of independence and initiative appropriate for a junior researcher in astronomy and astrophysics.; (2) identify research problems and create solutions, or find answers, using techniques (such as experimental, analytical, computational, and/or statistical techniques) that are relevant to astronomy and astrophysics.; (3) evaluate their research outcomes and identify possible areas of future investigation.; (4) report on their research in a written dissertation, using the discourse conventions of astronomy and astrophysics.; and (5) report and defend their research in an oral seminar before an audience of expert astronomers and astrophysicists..
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral seminar; (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)
Mr Matthew Young
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in 53560 Master of Physics (Astronomy and Astrophysics specialisation) and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent.
Co-requisites:
PHYS5304 Physics Research Project Part 4
Incompatibility:
Nil.
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