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PHYS4106: Physics Honours Project D

Research is the lifeblood of the physical sciences, and participation in research is both a privilege and an opportunity for learning and growth. In this unit you will complete a research project in physics. Together with your supervisor, you will identify a novel research question and a method to address it. Typical activities during the project include review and synthesis of the literature, specialised study in a sub-field of physics, design and conduct of experiments, data mining, theoretical work, modelling, calculation, simulation, coding, and the use of specialised software. Your project will be assessed through an oral presentation to your peers and colleagues, and a forty-page research report. Successful completion of your honours research project will demonstrate that you have mastered significant research and professional skills for undertaking postgraduate studies, or a range of careers in industry.

Code PHYS4106
Academic unit Physics Academic Operations
Credit points 6
PHYS4105 and SCIE4999

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Learn background information and established techniques in your field, and apply them to a research problem.
  • LO2. Determine the necessary equipment, supplies, analysis tools, data acquisition and/or theoretical work required to address a research problem.
  • LO3. Set out a course of research work, adjusting your plans in response to circumstances and results as they arise.
  • LO4. Carry out an extended programme of research over many months.
  • LO5. Analyse experimental data and/or theoretical results, and draw warranted conclusions.
  • LO6. Assess the scope, limitations, and implications of your results, and their place within your field of research.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.