Laboratory Work A

Subject PHYC30014 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
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 170 hours


Either both

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Not offered in 2015


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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. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Prof Christopher Chantler



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.

Learning Outcomes:

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:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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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)
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