Laboratory Work

Subject 640-299 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 72 hours of laboratory work (six hours per week)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours.
Prerequisites: Physics 640-121 and 640-122 (or 640-141 and 640-142).
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr D Hoxley
Subject Overview:

This subject develops students' skills in experimental physics within the areas of optics, acoustics, and nuclear and classical physics.

Students completing this subject will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of a wide variety of experimental and data analysis techniques;

  • apply critical reasoning to the evaluation of experimental data and sources of experimental uncertainty;

  • use experimental log books effectively; and

  • present clearly the results of experimental work.

In addition students will enhance their ability to:

  • participate effectively in a laboratory environment and be able to work as part of a team; and

  • plan effective work schedules and manage their time to meet the deadlines for submission of assessable work.

Assessment: Ongoing assessment of laboratory work during the semester, comprising written pre-laboratory assignments (20%), laboratory participation (20%) and written and oral reports up to a total of 3000 words (60%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Notes: This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 degree only), BASc or a combined BSc course.

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