SENIOR PHYSICS RESEARCH PROJECT

PHY3PRJ

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students are provided with the opportunity to undertake a physics / nanotechnology research project under the supervision of La Trobe University staff or jointly with La Trobe University staff and appropriate outside organisations. Students are encouraged to develop their own interests and may gain experience in areas such as functional materials, quantum materials and X-ray science. The project outcomes will be presented at a seminar at the end of the teaching period.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorNarelle Brack

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHY2MOD. This subject is available by invitation of the Subject Co-ordinator to students who have a weighted average mark of 65% or greater, or equivalent qualifications.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Plan and complete a short research project which involves acquiring, interpreting and explaining scientific findings in an academic or industrial setting.

Activities:
Students are embedded in a research group during the course of the project. Students negotiate with their supervisor a set of tasks for them to perform which are commensurate with the skills and background acquired during previous undergraduate experience and will lead to a successful, self-contained scientific finding. The progress of these tasks is discussed at regular meetings.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Assess, interpret and explain the scientific findings of the project in some depth, in appropriate academic style, relating the findings to any relevant findings published in appropriate scientific literature, and determining which, if any, of the findings are novel.

Activities:
Students write an initial literature review of approximately 500 words within the first 3 weeks of the project. This review will be incorporated into their final scientific report. Students write a scientific report of approximately 3,500 words in consultation with the supervisor, including at least one draft, including figures and references as appropriate for the field of research.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Communicate effectively the key concepts and techniques used in completing the research project and the scientific findings in an appropriate scientific manner.

Activities:
Prepare and deliver an individual audio visual presentation of approximately 20 minutes in duration before an audience of scientists working in a relevant discipline, summarising the research work performed during the project. Answer technical questions about the project in a professional manner. This presentation will be prepared in consultation with the supervisor and will draw on experience in speaking in previous undergraduate subjects.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNarelle Brack

Class requirements

Independent Research Week: 10 - 22
One 6.0 hours independent research per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Plus associated activities."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One individual 20-minute seminar presentation (1,000-words equiv)20 01, 03
One individual project report (3,500-words)The literature review (500-words) is incorporated into the final report, therefore this report is 3,500-words in total but 500-words is already written and separately assessed.70 01, 02
One individual literature review (500-words)10 02

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNarelle Brack

Class requirements

Independent Research Week: 31 - 43
One 6.0 hours independent research per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Plus associated activities."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One individual 20-minute seminar presentation (1,000-words equiv)20 01, 03
One individual project report (3,500-words)The literature review (500-words) is incorporated into the final report, therefore this report is 3,500-words in total but 500-words is already written and separately assessed.70 01, 02
One individual literature review (500-words)10 02

Melbourne, 2018, Summer 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNarelle Brack

Class requirements

Independent Research
One 12.0 days independent research per study period on weekdays during the day and delivered via face-to-face.
"Equivalent to 72-hours of research and associated activities."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One individual 20-minute seminar presentation (1,000-words equiv)20 01, 03
One individual project report (3,500-words)The literature review (500-words) is incorporated into the final report, therefore this report is 3,500-words in total but 500-words is already written and separately assessed.70 01, 02
One individual literature review (500-words)10 02

Melbourne, 2018, Summer 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNarelle Brack

Class requirements

Independent Research Week: 01 - 06
One 12.0 days independent research per study period on weekdays during the day from week 01 to week 06 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Equivalent to 72-hours of research and associated activities."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One individual 20-minute seminar presentation (1,000-words equiv)20 01, 03
One individual project report (3,500-words)The literature review (500-words) is incorporated into the final report, therefore this report is 3,500-words in total but 500-words is already written and separately assessed.70 01, 02
One individual literature review (500-words)10 02