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Viewing: PHYS 4195 : Physics Capstone

Last approved: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:02:23 GMT

Last edit: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:27:02 GMT

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Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Physics (PHYS)
Physics Capstone
Physics Capstone
Fall 2016
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Letter Grade
physics majors with senior standing

Recommended that students have started their senior research projects
Larry Medsker
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Culmination of physics undergraduate studies. Communicating physics concepts and research orally and in writing; ethical conduct of research; careers in physics. Preparation for writing papers on senior research project and presenting the results in a departmental seminar. May be repeated for credit.
After taking this course, students will be able to explain the issues and standards for ethical conduct of research, describe career paths in physics, create applications for employment and graduate studies including resumes and cover letters, improve their use of the tools of scientific written and oral communication, including learning how to develop research proposals and present the results of their senior research projects.
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While this course draws from several sources -- such as scientific writing, oral presentation, ethics in scientific research, and career planning -- no other undergraduate course at GW brings these together with a focus on physics.
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CCAS-GPAC: Oral Communication
The main offering of PHYS 4195 Physics Capstone is planned for fall semesters when physics seniors are either starting their research or their research is already in progress. They are required to register for PHYS 419X (where X designates the area of the research) either in the same semester as 4195 or in a previous semester or the spring semester following 4195.
echacko (Thu, 10 Mar 2016 18:28:49 GMT): While getting the student to make oral presentations is an excellent idea for a capstone course, we like GPAC courses to be available to all students and not just students in a particular major. You may, however, consider making the capstone a WID course. I have unchecked the GPAC attribute and am approving without the Oral Comm attribute. I hope that is okay.
gharris (Wed, 13 Apr 2016 20:25:49 GMT): Rollback: per departmental request
briscoe (Thu, 21 Apr 2016 10:09:23 GMT): This course fulfills oral communication attribute.
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