• Offered by Research School of Physics
  • 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 Bram Slagmolen
    • Dr John Debs
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
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This course cannot be entirely adjusted for remote participation in Sem 1 2021 and will include on-campus activities. Contact convener for details.

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:

  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

  1. Individual Final Presentation (25) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Final Report (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Regular oral and/or written progress reports (20) [LO 4,5]
  4. Meeting of agreed project schedule/milestones (30) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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PHYS3701 must be taken in two consecutive semesters encompassing a single project. The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours per semester including:

• Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 3 hour workshop per week.

• Approximately 94 hours of self directed study which will include mentor meetings, project proposals and reviews as well as preparation for other assessment tasks. 

Inherent Requirements

to be determined

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.

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Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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
3226 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 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
6215 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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