• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Patrick Kluth
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
    See Future Offerings

Under course codes PHYS3041/2, students may choose from a variety of modules including coursework and research projects. The modules presented as part of PHYS3041/2 courses may, but need not necessarily, include the following:

  • Plasma Physics: This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of plasma physics. Plasma is often called the fourth state of matter. It consists of neutral particles, ions and electrons at temperatures ranging from thousands to tens of millions of Kelvin. Charged particles interact via Coulomb forces which lead to a complex collective behaviour, turbulence. The course consists of three lectures per week for 6 weeks.
  • Research Projects in Physics: This module is designed to connect students, on an individual basis, to active researchers at the ANU. The student will be expected to participate in a project at a level equivalent to that required for a 3 or 6 unit course.

The project topic can be any area in Physics provided appropriate supervision exists. Assessment will typically be based on logbook keeping, a final project report and seminar. Students are advised to contact the Academic Contact for information on available projects.

This course is offered as an Honours Pathway Option.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic
2. systematically identify relevant theoretical concepts and models, and relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence
3. keep accurate and detailed records of work undertaken, including literature review, lab work or computational work
4. work constructively with active researchers on real research problems
5. critically evaluate their own work and results, as well as results reported in the literature
6. communicate research concepts, contexts and results clearly and effectively both in writing and orally

Indicative Assessment

Assessment for research projects will be based on:

  • Logbook or project portfolio providing continuous evidence of the student's research efforts and conceptual development (50%; LO 1-6)
  • Formal written report (40%; LO 5, 6)
  • Oral presentation (10%; LO 6)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed two of PHYS2013 or PHYS2016 or PHYS2017 or PHYS2020 and be be currently studying one 3000 level Physics (PHYS) course.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Physics Topic #1
3731 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A
Physics Topic #2
4011 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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