Physics (PHYS) 496

Physics Projects II (Revision 1)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: PHYS 495 and permission of the Course Coordinator, Dr. Farook Al-Shamali.

Before registering, students must submit an acceptable project proposal to the course coordinator.

Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology

Centre: Centre for Science

PHYS 496 is not available for challenge.

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PHYS 496 is based on contracted study arrangements between the student and an approved supervisor (AU academic or external). 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.

This course is for students who wish to carry out projects in physics or its branches, including geophysics and engineering but not normally biophysics. The course is also a venue to obtain formal recognition of related skills and training, received through work experience, by applying them to a new project. A project begun under PHYS 495 may be continued in a more advanced or applied form (which will not normally involve further library work) under PHYS 496.

This course may involve field, laboratory or computational work as agreed to by the student and the supervisor, with approval from the Course Coordinator. Students are expected to obtain and pay for all materials used in the projects. Permission to register will be given once the student has a project proposal accepted and recognized as a Learning Contract by the Course Coordinator.


The assessment for this course is based upon the student's written report and other prepared materials as outlined in his or her learning contract. The evaluation is receive credit a student must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent).

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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.

June 16, 2015.

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