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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester A 2011 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester B 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Kristian Helmerson


This unit provides the opportunity for high achieving students to undertake a small research project in physics. Students will develop the skills of planning, record-keeping, literature search, analysis and communication necessary for a successful project. Students will work with an academic supervisor on an experimental or theoretical project, including astrophysics and astronomy, medical imaging, x-ray physics, synchrotron-based studies, quantum mechanics, resonance spectroscopies, magnetism, physics education and polymers.


On completion of this unit students will have acquired the following skills and attributes:

  • planning aspects of a project and managing related timelines
  • communicating effectively with a project supervisor, colleagues and technical staff
  • accessing and reviewing scientific literature
  • maintaining a clear record of work done
  • analysing and interpreting results in terms of related physics theory
  • writing appropriate scientific reports, both interim and final
  • communicating by oral presentation.


Project work - logbook, competence, planning and initiative: 40%
Written progress reports: 10%
Oral presentation: 10%
Final report: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Kristian Helmerson

Contact hours

72 hours laboratory work per semester, or equivalent


12 points of level two physics at a distinction average. Students must have reached level three of their degree. Enrolment requires School's approval.