This course deals
with the application of the design concepts taught in the physics profession.
During the first semester, the student is expected to develop a research
project proposal and defend it through an oral presentation. The project should
normally be completed in the first semester, although in unusual circumstances,
it may be finished in the second semester. Students may work in pairs, in close
collaboration with a member of staff. By undertaking a project students should
develop skills which are necessary for experimental or theoretical research
(such as initiative, decision making, determining priorities, searching and
learning relevant material from literature, ability to collaborate and to
By the end of this
course, the student should be able to:
skills to identify and conceptualise a technical problem in his area of
specialty, which can be addressed through scientific means.
appropriate tools for data collection and analysis to come up with a
scientific solution to a technical problem.
proposal writing skills to address challenges in the industry
- Gain expertise in defending and refining project proposals.
completing the course is expected to:
a research project proposal that is word processed and in bound form.
and defend the proposal orally before a panel of examiners.
a short account of their work intelligible to the general reader
develope their general skills such as planning, observation, record keeping,
processing and interpreting results, as well as working on open-ended problems
learned the benefits of good time management or conversely the folly of leaving
everything to the last minute
their work in a written report in the style of a research thesis,
§ use the
appropriate scientific literature databases for the field of their project
some of the challenges and frustrations of scientific research.