Faculty of Science

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Physics and Astronomy


Professor Michael J Morgan



  • Full year 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester to First semester 2016 (Day)


Students are required to finalise their research project involving original work on a topic chosen in consultation with their academic supervisor.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand, use and explain the basic concepts and principles of the research literature which underpins the chosen area of physics research;

  1. Synthesize and interpret their knowledge gained in their study of the underpinning research literature, thence identifying a niche topic or topics within this existing body of literature, which represents a gap in knowledge suitable for original research;

  1. Solve a complex and outstanding problem or problems in the chosen area for original research;

  1. Present the results of their original research in both written form as a thesis, and present their key thesis results in oral form as a final seminar;

  1. Defend the results of their original research in an oral exam.


Project thesis: 90%
seminar: 10%

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