PHS4100 - Physics honours research project - 2017

24 points, SCA Band 2, 0.500 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Physics and Astronomy


Dr Amanda Karakas

Unit guides



  • Full year 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 to First semester 2018 (Day)


Students are required to complete a 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;
  2. Synthesise and interpret their knowledge gained in their study of the underpinning research literature, hence identifying a niche topic or topics within this existing body of literature, which represents a gap in knowledge suitable for original research;
  3. Solve a complex and outstanding problem or problems in the chosen area for original research;
  4. 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;
  5. Defend the results of their original research in an oral exam.


Research project (project work, research seminar, thesis and oral defence): 100%

Chief examiner(s)

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


Admission to Honours in the discipline of Physics