Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students undertake a physics 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 functional materials and surface science, X-ray science and space science, and tackle problems of fundamental or applied nature. The project outcomes will be presented in 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 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHY1SCA and PHY1SCB. This subject is available by invitation of the Unit Co-ordinator to students who have a weighted average mark of 65% or greater, or equivalent qualifications, with a focus on those students enrolled in a physics major.


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.

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/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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.

One individual literature review equivalent to 900 words 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:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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

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:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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