• 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 2017
    Second Semester 2017
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The "Research Topics Physics" course is designed to give students the opportunity to individually connect to active researchers/research groups at the ANU to participate in cutting edge physics activities through appropriately  designed projects with a commitment at a level equivalent to that required for a 6 unit course.  The students will learn approaches to 'real' physics problems, how to communicate results to their peers and develop an understanding how physics research works in an academic environment.  Students are advised to contact the Academic Contact for information on available projects. 

The Research Topics Physics course is offered as an Honours Pathway Course

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. 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. Engage constructively with researchers/research teams working on active scientific projects
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 will be based on:

  • Formal written report (50 %; LO 2, 5, 6)
  • Laboratory Performance/Logbook providing continuous evidence of the student's research efforts and conceptual development  (30%; LO 1-6)
  • Oral Presentation (20 %; 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.

    Assumed Knowledge

    The project supervisor and course convenor will judge if the student’s background is sufficient for a successful implementation of the project.



    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:
    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.

    Units EFTSL
    6.00 0.12500
    Domestic fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2017 $3444
    International fee paying students
    Year Fee
    2017 $4590
    Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

    Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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    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
    2944 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A
    Physics Topic #2
    3120 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

    Second Semester

    Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
    Physics Topic #1
    10081 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A
    Physics Topic #2
    10139 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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