• Offered by Research School of Physics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Photonics, Physics, Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jong Chow
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
    See Future Offerings

This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities will also be available.

This module is designed to connect postgraduate coursework students, on an individual or group basis, to engineers and scientists outside of the university in a scientific or professional engineering environment.  It is the student's responsibility to obtain the workplacement.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students who have successfully completed this course should be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to work under professional supervision, and gain useful background of a professional context and how that workplace operates;
2. Communicate complex concepts clearly and coherently in a professional context;
3. Analyse, consolidate and synthesise advanced theoretical and professional knowledge through research to identify and propose solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence;
4. Exercise critical thinking and judgment in the context of developing advanced professional knowledge; and
5. Independently conduct a research project.

Indicative Assessment

1: Internship report  70%
The internship involves the completion of a 5,000 word project report under the direct supervision of the workplace professional, with access to an appropriate academic within the ANU Colleges of Science. (LO 1 - 5)

Internship reports are stand-alone documents for assessment by academic standards.  The reports are not documents which have been drafted by interns as part of internship work requirements.  However, such documents may be used by interns to compile the assessable research paper.  The report must critically evaluate relevant literature. The paper is jointly marked by the professional supervisor and the course convener in accordance with an assessment scale which will be circulated to interns at the start of the internship period.

2: Oral presentation  20%
A 15-20 minute presentation to professionals and/or academics describing the internship project and outcomes. (LO 1 - 5)

3. Course reflection  10%
The reflection will evaluate the learning experience of the course, including consideration of questions such as: Did the course add to interns’ professional knowledge and professional skills as a scientist?  How would interns add value to the course? (LO 1 - 5)

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.


For 6 units the workload is expected to be 130 hours, including study time, spread over the semester or session. Subject to agreed supervision arrangements, students should consult each week with the professional supervisor. This course is research-intensive and students are generally expected to work in a ‘self-directed’ mode. The timing and duration of attendance at the workplace will be negotiated with the professional supervisor.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be currently enrolled in the Master of Engineering in Photonics program or by permission from the Convenor.


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.

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
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
3496 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
6499 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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