Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester A 2012 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester B 2012 (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 the School's approval.