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Unit Overview


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.

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

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..


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
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-ASTPH Astronomy and Astrophysics specialisation and completion of the core units in the Physics major or equivalent
and Successful completion of
PHYS5562 Research Proposal in Astronomy and Astrophysics
PHYS5304 Physics Research Project Part 4
  • 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.