• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Photonics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jong Chow
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This is an undergraduate laboratory course to provide students with hands-on experience in working with photonics components, devices and instruments. These experiments are designed to reinforce theoretical concepts introduced in fibre optic communications and photonic sensing, and require independent design, planning, implementation and testing of photonic systems.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Understand and gain experience with photonic system design;
  2. Develop and implement solutions for photonic applications;
  3. Analyse and critically evaluate system performance;
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in working with a wide variety of photonic devices, techniques and systems integration;
  5. Effectively communicate decisions and solutions using appropriate media to professional and lay audiences;
  6. Demonstrate ability to work in a team environment.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Individual log books for experimental log entries (10%) LO: 1,2,3,4
  • 3x full 20-page group lab reports (50%) LO: 1,2,3,4,6
  • 3x group oral presentations (30%) LO: 1,3,5,6
  • Individual assessments (10%) LO: 5,6

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6 lab hours a week plus 4 hours a week of self-study and report writing

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed PHYS2201.

Prescribed Texts

Laboratory manual and suggested reading. Also background reading in literature survey.

Assumed Knowledge

12 units of university level mathematics for physicists and engineers; 12 units of first year university advanced level physics.



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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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
3539 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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