• Code PHYS8750
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by Research School of Physics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics, Science, Engineering
  • Work Integrated Learning Placements
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Vladimir Mangazeev
    • Dr Aaron Tranter
    • Dr Chathura Bandutunga
    • Dr Johannes Eichholz
    • Dr Sean Hodgman
    • Prof Gregory Lane
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2024
    First Semester 2024
    Autumn Session 2024
    Second Semester 2024
    See Future Offerings
  • STEM Course

In this course, the students focus on one aspect of the topic specialisations and gain specialist knowledge and skills under the supervision of a research or industry expert. For example, students may learn how to analyse, design, simulate, operate and/ or characterise a chosen theory, problem or solution.  Alternatively, students may investigate economic, security and/or public policy implications of a chosen question or solution.  This problem may be either theoretical or experimental.  The course will typically involve a series of readings, technical instruction and problem solving tasks specified by a supervisor. Student learning will be assessed via a major report, learning logbook and performance, and a presentation. Students are to identify and engage a supervisor to tailor a learning plan to their interests and future research or industry aspirations. Students may complete this course multiple times as long as each instance is on a different aspect of the topic specialisation.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Investigate the key principles, concepts and applications of specific physics topics
  2. Analyse, design, create, operate, simulate and/ or characterise specific physics concepts, or explain the economic, security and/ or public policy implications of specific questions and solutions; 
  3. Develop advanced written and verbal communication communication skills.

Work Integrated Learning

Placements

Other Information

This course caters to a number of masters programs offered by the Research School of Physics, and due to supervisor requirements students will need to seek permission in order to enrol. Students should take care when enrolling to select the topic associated with the relevant program of study. Contact pec.physics@anu.edu.au for details.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Learning logbook and performance (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Report (50) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3]

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Workload

The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours per 6 units throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of at least one one-hour supervisor consultation per week
  • Approximately 118 hours of self directed study which will include up to 9 hours of reading/ technical work per week and preparation for other assessment tasks. 


The default scheduling for special topics is in person, however some special topics in this course might be available fully online or as an intensive course. Please contact the relevant convener for more information. An online class will be scheduled if deemed appropriate.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Research School of Physics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

None specified

Fees

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:
2
Unit value:
6 to 12 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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $740 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $1060 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Quantum Technology
1453 01 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 31 Mar 2024 In Person N/A
Precision Instrumentation and Measurement
1454 01 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 31 Mar 2024 In Person N/A
Theoretical Physics
1455 01 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 31 Mar 2024 In Person N/A
Nuclear Science
1456 01 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 19 Jan 2024 31 Mar 2024 In Person N/A

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Quantum Technology
3709 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
Precision Instrumentation and Measurement
3712 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
Theoretical Physics
3710 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
Nuclear Science
3711 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
Quantum Technology
4339 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View
Precision Instrumentation and Measurement
4340 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person N/A
Quantum Technology
4346 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
Quantum Technology
5550 01 Apr 2024 01 Apr 2024 19 Apr 2024 30 Jun 2024 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
Quantum Technology
8706 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View
Precision Instrumentation and Measurement
8707 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View
Theoretical Physics
8708 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View
Nuclear Science
8709 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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