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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester A 2010 (Day)
Clayton Summer semester B 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Kristian Helmerson


This unit provides the opportunity for high achieving students to undertake a small research project in physics. Students will develop the skills of planning, record-keeping, literature search, analysis and communication necessary for a successful project. Students will work with an academic supervisor on an experimental or theoretical project, including astrophysics and astronomy, medical imaging, x-ray physics, synchrotron-based studies, quantum mechanics, resonance spectroscopies, magnetism, physics education and polymers.


On completion of this unit students will have acquired the following skills and attributes:

  • planning aspects of a project and managing related timelines
  • communicating effectively with a project supervisor, colleagues and technical staff
  • accessing and reviewing scientific literature
  • maintaining a clear record of work done
  • analysing and interpreting results in terms of related physics theory
  • writing appropriate scientific reports, both interim and final
  • communicating by oral presentation and by a scientific poster.


Project work - logbook, competence, planning and initiative: 40%
Written progress reports: 10%
Oral presentation and poster: 20%
Final report: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor K Helmerson

Contact hours

72 hours laboratory work per semester, or equivalent


12 points of level two physics at a distinction average. Students must have reached level three of their degree. Enrolment requires the School's approval.