• Code PHYS8170
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Photonics, Physics, Engineering
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Andrey Sukhorukov
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
    Second Semester 2017
    See Future Offerings

This module is designed to connect postgraduate coursework students, on an individual basis, to active researchers at the ANU. The student will be expected to participate in a substantial project at a postgraduate level. The project can be in any area related to photonics on a topic of current research interest under the supervision of an ANU academic. Students are advised to contact the Academic Contact for information on available projects.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactorily completing a research project in physics, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1.  Plan, manage and execute a substantial project
2.  Engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic
3.  Systematically identify relevant theoretical concepts and models, and relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence
4.  Keep accurate and detailed records of work undertaken, including literature review, lab work or computational work
5.  Work constructively with active researchers on real research problems
6.  Critically evaluate their own work and results, as well as results reported in the literature
7.  Communicate both in writing and orally the significance of the project in the context of the literature, the problem which the project solves, the research concepts, results and the implications of what has been learned in conducting the project

Indicative Assessment

1.  Logbook or project portfolio providing continuous evidence of the student's research efforts and conceptual development (10%) (LO1-7)
2.  Formal written thesis report (80%) (LO1-7)
3.  Oral presentation (10%) (LO1-7)

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Weighted at 6 to 12 units each semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be currently enrolled in the Master of Engineering in Photonics program or by permission from the Convenor.

Prescribed Texts

As assigned by each project supervisor.


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 to 12 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
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $610 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $813 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4100 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person
4444 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9135 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person
9476 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person

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