This unit focusses on learning advanced concepts and acquiring important generic and technical research skills in physics within the context of a research project. Delivery of the unit is therefore primarily through supervised laboratory experiments and independent reading, with weekly meetings for discussion, feedback and guidance with the unit convenor, and additional consultation as required. Laboratory projects are placed within an active research group in the department, and students will work closely in the lab with senior PhD students, postdocs and/or academics from that research group.
Laboratory projects will consist of fifteen days in the laboratory spread over the semester, e.g. a day per week for ten weeks with a one-week block during semester break. Timetabling of laboratory days will be arranged between the student and the supervising research group.
Students will be provided with relevant reading material including scientific papers and text book chapters, and will also conduct literature searches to supplement their reading.
Regular meetings with the unit convenor for progress updates, discussion of reading materials, theory, etc., will be arranged between the student and the unit convenor.
15 days of laboratory experiments, spread over the semester and arranged for mutually-agreeable days between students and laboratory supervisors.
Weekly meetings with unit convenor / supervisor for discussion of project progress, theory, research context, experimental aspects, etc., starting from week 2.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
Research papers, textbook chapters, or other reading material as advised by unit convenor and laboratory supervisors.
Part of the unit will involve online searching and accessing of current literature.