SENIOR PHYSICS LABORATORY

PHY3LAB

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this capstone laboratory experience in physics and nanotechnology, you will develop advanced laboratory and research skills by undertaking three extended experiments where by you aim to reproduce classic results from fields relevant to the research strengths of the discipline. You will acquire the appropriate skills to design an experiment, acquire and analyse data, and present your results at a professional research level through writing a report. You will provide an oral defense for each report. This subject is one of four physics subjects at 3rd year level that together constitute the physics major.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites PHY2MOD

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse and critically review research data.

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.
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)
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)

02. Compare and interpret research data with reference to the scientific literature.

Activities:
Students include in their written report a summary of the relevant literature and place their results in the context of previous work.
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)
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)

03. Design experiments related to essential concepts in contemporary physics using standard physics laboratory techniques, equipment and software.

Activities:
Students conduct, in pairs, three extended laboratory experiments of around 20 hours duration each in close consultation with a staff demonstrator, who assists them in the design and conduct of the experiment.
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)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Describe and explain, in appropriate written and verbal style, the findings from laboratory experiments designed by the student.

Activities:
Students submit three laboratory reports detailing their interpretation of the results. Students conduct an oral defense of each written report.
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)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2020, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRussell Anderson

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Two 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Week 1 and 6"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
3 x written reports (2400 word equiv)45 01, 02, 03, 04
1 x 20 minute Oral defense (1000 word equiv)Students answer questions on one of their written reports.30 04
1 x 1 hour Lab Exam (1000 word equiv)25 01, 03, 04

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Two 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Week 1 and 6"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
3 x written reports (2400 word equiv)45 01, 02, 03, 04
1 x 20 minute Oral defense (1000 word equiv)Students answer questions on one of their written reports.30 04
1 x 1 hour Lab Exam (1000 word equiv)25 01, 03, 04