ADVANCED PHYSICS LABORATORY

PHY5LAB

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject builds on undergraduate laboratory skills to include aspects of design and manufacture of scientific equipment and the use of advanced analysis software to solve research level problems using the research facilities available within the School.  Students will design 2 lab experiments to solve minor problems of contemporary relevance. The design process and results will be presented in the form of a journal article suitable for submission to peer review journal.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: SMNT, PSMSC, SZHSN or SZHSMN.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically review and analyse research data in an ethical manner and interpret the results with reference to the scientific literature in order to develop appropriate conclusions and convey these in an appropriate manner in a written report.

Activities:
Students prepare an individual report in the style of a professional research journal article which accurately and ethically describes the experiment, its findings and draws appropriate conclusions. Students are provided with a template on which to base their report.

02. Design and perform experiments related to current research topics within the Department of Chemistry and Physics, using advanced physics laboratory techniques, equipment and software which produce conclusive, accurate and novel results.

Activities:
Students conduct, individually, two extended laboratory experiments of around 40 hours duration each in close consultation with a staff demonstrator, who assists them in the design and conduct of the experiment.

03. Describe and explain, in appropriate written and verbal style, the findings from laboratory experiments performed by the student. Answer verbal queries about the findings as presented in the written report.

Activities:
Students submit two laboratory reports detailing their design and construction of the experimental apparatus, and their interpretation of the results.

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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-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 6.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2 x written reports in the form of journal articles (2600 word equiv)40 01, 02, 03
2 x experimental design proposals (2600 word equiv)40 02
2 x literature reviews(1300 word equiv)20 01

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
Twelve 6.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
2 x written reports in the form of journal articles (2600 word equiv)40 01, 02, 03
2 x experimental design proposals (2600 word equiv)40 02
2 x literature reviews(1300 word equiv)20 01