- Class Number 1314
- Term Code 3120
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Patrick Kluth
- Prof Patrick Kluth
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 01/01/2021
- Class End Date 31/03/2021
- Census Date 22/01/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 22/01/2021
The "Research Topics Physics" course is designed to give students the opportunity to individually connect to active researchers/research groups at the ANU to participate in cutting edge physics activities through appropriately designed projects with a commitment at a level equivalent to that required for a 6 unit course. The students will learn approaches to 'real' physics problems, how to communicate results to their peers and develop an understanding how physics research works in an academic environment. Students are advised to contact the Academic Contact for information on available projects.
The Research Topics Physics course is offered as an Honours Pathway Course
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Engage in an independent and sustained critical investigation and evaluation of a chosen research topic.
- Systematically identify relevant theoretical concepts and models, and relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence.
- Keep accurate and detailed records of work undertaken, including literature review, lab work or computational work.
- Engage constructively with researchers/research teams working on active scientific projects.
- Critically evaluate their own work and results, as well as results reported in the literature.
- Communicate research concepts, contexts and results clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.
The Research School of Physics at the Australian National University hosts Australia’s largest Physics activities, which are consistently ranked amongst the best in the world. The “Research Topics Physics” course is designed to give students the opportunity to individually connect to active researchers/research groups at the ANU to participate in cutting edge physics activities through appropriately designed projects with a commitment at a level equivalent to that required for a 6 unit course. The students will learn approaches to ‘real’ physics problems, how to communicate results to their peers and develop an understanding how physics research works in an academic environment. Often the projects are designed to yield publishable outcomes.
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Supervisors will be available to give continuous feedback on the research project over the duration of the course.
- Feedback on the written report is available by request to the Course Convenor
- Students are encouraged to do practice talks and can request feedback in preparation of the delivery of the Oral presentation.
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Students are advised to contact the Academic Contact for information on available projects.
The Research Topics Physics course is offered as an Honours Pathway Course
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Written report||Reports should not exceed 6000 words (excluding abstract, references and appendices) and about 10 figures. It is strongly advised that the student seeks feedback from the supervisor on a draft of the report. The student will need to discuss this with the supervisor and make sure the supervisor has sufficient time to provide useful feedback, i.e. a minimum of one week before the official deadline is advisable. The reports will be assessed by independent markers, i.e. not by the supervisor. The assessors may seek advice from the supervisor.|
|2||Oral Presentation||At the end of semester a seminar will be organized for all course participants. The oral presentations will be assessed by the course convenor and the academics present at the seminar. Oral presentations are generally 10 min plus time for questions.|
|3||Laboratory Performance||Please see the separate marking criteria for a guideline on what is expected to obtain a particular mark.|
Selection of Projects :The project topic can be any area in Physics provided appropriate supervision exists. A list of possible projects can be found on the course Wattle site.
Students are advised to contact the project supervisor directly and discuss the project nature, objectives and expected outcomes. Students may also contact academics in areas of Physics at ANU that suit their interests but do not have particular projects listed. Generally supervisors are willing to tailor projects to student interests within reason.
After completion of the course, students often express interest in doing a follow-on project in the same area with the same supervisor. Follow on projects will be approved by the convenor only in exceptional cases. If a student wishes to do a second project course, the course will in most circumstances be undertaken in a new area with a new supervisor in order to provide breadth in the student’s undergraduate research experience.
If unsure, please contact the course convenor Patrick Kluth for more information and/or help to find appropriate projects/supervisors.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Formal Written report||50 %||12/02/2021||31/03/2021||2,5,6|
|Laboratory Performance/logbook||30 %||19/02/2021||31/03/2021||1,2,3,4,5,6|
|Oral Presentation||20 %||19/02/2021||31/03/2021||6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Working arrangements will have to be negotiated on an individual basis between the student and the supervisor, making sure other courses are not affected. Often a regular weekly afternoon or two are agreed upon. If students or supervisors have any concern with working arrangements during semester, please contact the course convenor.
Remote participation: Some projects do not require laboratory work, such as purely theoretical and computational projects. These projects may be undertaken remotely subject to agreement from the project supervisor.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 2,5,6
Formal Written report
The report should be based on the structure of a standard scientific report written at a level that is comprehensible by the non-expert reader with physics background, i.e. your peers and physicists working in other fields.
The deadline for the report is a hard deadline. It can only be extended for medical reasons with appropriate certificates. No extension will be granted for reasons related to the project implementation such as delays with experiments. Supervisors should take this into account when designing the projects.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
The laboratory performance and potentially laboratory logbook will by assessed by the supervisor and reflect the level of engagement and initiative, scientific contribution and (if applicable) bookkeeping of the student during the project.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 6
At the end of semester a seminar will be organized for all course participants. The oral presentations are 10 min plus 2 min of questions. Supervisors will be invited to attend the seminar.
The oral presentations will be assessed by the course convenor and the academics present at the seminar.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.
The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
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.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Distribution of grades policy
Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.
Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
Support for students
The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Ion beam synthesis and modification of materials:
Synchrotron based analytical techniques:
Prof Patrick Kluth