- Class Number 4230
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 to 24 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Ilya Shadrivov
- Dr Rose Ahlefeldt
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
This course will be taken over two consecutive semesters. Students will learn basic research preparation skills, including compilation of background research, thesis writing and oral presentation skills. They will pursue a research project under the supervision of an academic supervisor. The research will be original, and will be chosen from among the appropriate projects offered in Physics or a suitable cognate area.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Plan and engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation of a chosen research topic
- Demonstrate capacity for physical understanding through experimental or theoretical investigation of an area of Physics
- Engage in systematic discovery and critical review of relevant background material
- Communicate research concepts clearly and effectively in writing and orally
Honours in Physics offers qualified students a first taste of research. While publishable results are not expected, every Honours student will independently investigate advanced material and engage in the process of open-ended inquiry.
The CHM/COS College Honours Handbook and timelines can be downloaded from the College forms-policies-guidlines website.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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Extensions to thesis (and assignment) deadlines will only be granted for health reasons or for unforeseen circumstances (i.e. that arose due to factors beyond the student’s control). Extensions will not be granted for work reasons or due to circumstances that should have been anticipated by you, the student. Extensions to thesis deadlines require careful and complete documentation of the causes and demonstration that the circumstances were beyond the control of the student. Such applications should be discussed with the supervisor, and, following this, with the Honours Convener. The Convener must approve any extension of up to two weeks. Extension of time to submit beyond two weeks after the completion date will be subject to the approval of the Deputy Dean on the recommendation of the Honours convener. Note: No application for an extension will be considered unless the Milestone Completion Form is submitted by the required due date. The Milestone Completion Form has to be submitted by the Monday prior to the thesis submission date.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Overview: The Physics Honours Research Project course is taken twice over two consecutive semesters. The standard pattern for full-time students is to enrol in PHYS4110 (6 units) in their first semester of enrolment and PHYS4110 (24 units) in their second Semester of enrolment. For every 6 units of enrolment, the expectation is that the student would work a minimum of 8-10 hours/week over the course of the semester. A student enrolling in full-time Honours for the first time in Semester 1 is expected to submit their thesis in Semester 2 of the same year. Students who are enrolled part-time or taking a reduced study load should consult the Honours convener for information about the due dates and unit distribution. The Honours year commences on Tuesday 28 January. Students are expected to begin discussions with their supervisor(s) and meet with the Honours Convener in advance of classes beginning on 24 February.||This summary provides a general information for a student enrolling in this course for the first time as a full-time student. It is expected that full-time Honours students will enrol in this course twice over consecutive semesters (total 30 units) along with other coursework courses that form part of the honours year to a total of 48 units in the full-year.|
|2||In the first semester of candidature, Honours students are required to present a research proposal, which outlines the project including theoretical underpinnings of the problem to be tackled, the proposed method and a literature review. At the end of semester, a mid-year talk will be presented, giving a summary of the project.||Please see 2020 Honours Timeline and Handbook for full details as well as PHYS4110 Wattle page. Seminar/Oral Presentation in October 2020 Thesis Submission - 29 October 2020|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Research proposal||15 %||27/05/2020||*||1,2,3,5|
|Research journal and writing assignments||7 %||*||*||1,2,3,4,5|
|Oral presentations||7 %||*||*||5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5
Students are expected to write a research proposal, with a maximum length of 5 pages, outlining the problem they are trying to solve, the relevant background research and the methods proposed to undertake the research.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Research journal and writing assignments
Students will keep a research journal, consisting of background reading that they have done for the project with a brief summary of the relevant papers. In addition, small reading and writing assignments will be allocated throughout the semester.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 5
Students will give two talks, the first outlining their research topic and the research plan, and the second giving a summary of the results of their Honours research as well as the conclusions drawn from the project.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Students will be required to submit a final research thesis, describing in detail the background and motivation of their research project, the methodology used to pursue their research topic and a detailed analysis of the results in the context of the research problem. This task will be the major assessment for the Honours year.
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Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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