• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Photonics, Physics, Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Robert Ward
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
    Second Semester 2020
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This course includes an on campus activity/ies. Check timetable for details. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.

Ever wanted to build something but didn’t know how? Thought you couldn’t master the skills needed? Want to take an idea or solution to a problem and bring it into reality? This course will give you the confidence to design, prototype, and build solutions to real world problems. You’ll have the opportunity to pick up new skills, or expand and grow existing ones in CAD, Digital Fabrication, Circuit Design and Fabrication, Programing, and even the good old hammer. You’ll begin the year with “deep-dives”, building simple projects that grow your confidence in a range of these skills. As the year progresses, you’ll have the opportunity in small teams to either propose your own projects/ideas, or service a client’s needs with an innovative solution. You’ll come out of this experience with transferable skills, and the tenacity to do anything from repairing a smartphone, through to designing your own sensor system to interface with it!
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.

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 the process of prototyping--design, build, evaluate, iterate; 
  2. Develop, analyse, and critically evaluate alternative options in order to justify and generate solutions in a real-world project;
  3. Demonstrate proficiency with a wide variety of key techniques in hands-on making, electronics, and systems integration;
  4. Effectively communicate decisions and solutions using appropriate media to professional and lay audiences;
  5. Apply project management and organisational skills to produce time-sensitive deliverables in a multidisciplinary team.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Individual Final Presentation 25% LO1,2,4
  • Final Report 25% LO1-4
  • Regular oral and/or written progress reports 20% LO4,5
  • Meeting of agreed project schedule/milestones 30% LO1-3, 5

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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PHYS6701 must be taken in two consecutive semesters encompassing a single project. Around 30 contact hours across introductory lectures, mentor meetings, project proposals and reviews. Around 210 hours of group project work and individual study.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement program or by permission from the Convenor. This course is incompatible with PHYS3701.


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.

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.

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
3549 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 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
8555 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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