Physics (PHYS) 496

Physics Projects (Revision 1)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3 each

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: For PHYS 495: permission of the professor, PHYS 200, 201 and 202, MATH 265 and 266, and at least one senior-level science course. For PHYS 496: PHYS 495.

Before registering, students must submit an acceptable project proposal to the course coordinator, Dr. Farook Al-Shamali.

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology

Centre: Centre for Science

PHYS 495/496 are not available for challenge.

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PHYS 495 and PHYS 496 are based on contracted study arrangements between the student and an approved supervisor. Students improve their skills to choose and define problems, obtain information from libraries or experiments, organize facts and ideas, and report ideas and conclusions in written form.

These courses are for students who wish to carry out research in physics or its branches, including geophysics and engineering but not normally biophysics. A student may complete one three-credit project (PHYS 495) or two three-credit projects (PHYS 495 and PHYS 496).

These courses may involve library, field, laboratory or computational work as agreed to by the student and the supervisor. Students are expected to obtain and pay for all materials used in the projects. Project supervisors may be paid an honorarium by the University for their services. Before registering, students must submit an acceptable project proposal to the course professor. The research undertaken will represent new work.


The assessment for this course is based upon the student's written reports and other prepared materials as outlined in his or her learning contract. The evaluation is based on the research supervisor's assessment of the student's work and his or her written thesis. PHYS 495 and PHYS 496 are excluded from the challenge for credit policy. To receive credit for PHYS 495/496 , you must achieve a grade of 50 percent on the project and a course composite grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent).

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Lab Component

Laboratory work in physics at a level useful for this course normally would involve facilities not found in the home. However, home computers are easily able to facilitate complex computational projects.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1.

Updated June 16 2015 by Student & Academic Services