• 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
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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:

Option A. Plasma Physics

Plasmas are often described as the fourth state of matter - gases, liquids and solids being the other three. Plasma is in the form of an electrified gas consisting of electrically charged ions and electrons. It is estimated that 99% of the observable universe is in the plasma state, for example, stellar interiors and atmospheres, gaseous nebulae and interstellar space. In addition the unique physical and chemical environment created in plasma is widely exploited in industry such as in the microelectronics industry to create the submicron-sized architectures on microelectronic devices. Their industrial applications are now rapidly expanding into areas as diverse as polymer processing, ion propulsion and biomedicine. The course consists of three lectures per week for 6 weeks in the first half of semester 1.

Option B: 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 (PHYS3041) or 6 (PHYS3042) 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 Course.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    Plasma physics

    On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will:

    1. have a knowledge of the operating principles of the most significant types of experimental plasma devices and diagnostic techniques
    2. be able to select appropriate experimental diagnostics for specific measurements, and evaluate the results of those diagnostics
    3. develop skills in written communication and problem solving.
    Research Projects

    On satisfactorily completing a research project in physics, 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

    Plasma Physics

    Assessment for plasma physics will be based on:

    Assignments: 50 % (LO 1, 2)
    Course project/scientific esay: 50 % (LO 1, 3)

    Research Projects

    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.

    Preliminary Reading

    Plasma Physics

    Physics of Radio-Frequency Plasmas: Pascal Chabert and Nicholas Braithwaite
    Principles of plasma discharges and materials processing: Michael Lieberman and Allan Lichtenberg
    Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion: Francis Chen
    Plasma Physics: An Introductory: R Dendy


    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:
    3 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.

    Units EFTSL
    3.00 0.06250
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee Description
    1994-2003 $825
    2014 $1473
    2013 $1473
    2012 $1473
    2011 $1473
    2010 $1458
    2009 $1458
    2008 $1458
    2007 $1260
    2006 $1260
    2005 $1149
    2004 $963
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    1994-2003 $1695
    2014 $1881
    2013 $1878
    2012 $1878
    2011 $1878
    2010 $1875
    2009 $1809
    2008 $1809
    2007 $1809
    2006 $1809
    2005 $1725
    2004 $1725
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    First Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    Plasma Physics
    3730 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A
    Special Research Topics
    3776 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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