Faculty of Science

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Physics and Astronomy


Professor Kristian Helmerson



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Summer semester A 2016 (Day)
  • Summer semester B 2016 (Day)


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 be able to:

  1. Plan aspects of a project and manage related timelines;

  1. Communicate effectively with a project supervisor, colleagues and technical staff;

  1. Access and review scientific literature;

  1. Maintain a clear record of work done;

  1. Analyse and interpret results in terms of related physics theory;

  1. Write appropriate scientific reports, both interim and final;

  1. Communicate by oral presentation.


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

Workload requirements

72 hours laboratory work per semester, or equivalent

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


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.