Laboratory Work B

Subject PHYC30015 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x four hour laboratory classes per week for six weeks during the semester
Total Time Commitment:

Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours

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Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

The two subjects PHYC30014 Laboratory Work A and PHYC30015 Laboratory Work B are offered sequentially. In both subjects laboratory work draws from a common pool of experiments. Practical experience is available in the following laboratories: nuclear physics, particle physics, diffraction, electronics, atomic physics, optical physics and astronomy. Mechanical workshop experience is also available. In some laboratories individual projects can be selected. PHYC30015 Laboratory Work B offers the possible extension to research project work.


To challenge students to expand their knowledge of fundamental physics principles and develop their capacity to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of a wide variety of advanced experimental and data analysis techniques;
  • acquire, analyse and interpret experimental data; and
  • write and evaluate scientific and technical reports.

Ongoing assessment of laboratory work during the semester, consisting of laboratory participation (28%), record keeping (57%) and written reports (15%) up to a total equivalent to 9000 words.

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Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:

A student who completes this subject should be able to:

  • acquire and interpret experimental data and design experimental investigations
  • participate as an effective member of a laboratory group.
  • think independently and analytically, and direct his or her own learning
  • manage time effectively in order to submit assessable work when required.

This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

The standard laboratory sequence taken by most students specialising in physics and wishing to proceed to honours or MSc level studies in physics totals 25 points. This is usually achieved by completing PHYC30014 Laboratory Work A and PHYC30015 Laboratory Work B.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chemical Physics (specialisation of Physics major)
Physics (specialisation of Physics major)
Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.

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