Fall 2018 - PHYS 802 G100

Introduction to Graduate Studies: Research and Teaching in Physics (2)

Class Number: 1189

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 1:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    SECB 1010, Burnaby



Basic skills for research and teaching in physics. Required for all students beginning an MSc or PhD degree in physics. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


***Tentative Schedule***

Students will meet on a weekly basis with the course instructor to develop skills in research and teaching. Students will also work with a course supervisor, chosen from the physics faculty, to develop a preliminary thesis research proposal.

The course will cover topics relating to the following: 

• Orientation to the Department and to its Graduate Programs
• Teaching assistant (TA) training and introduction to Physics Education research
• Academic integrity
• Time management
• Scientific writing and publication
• Development of a research proposal for MSc or PhD thesis


  • Grading for students will be Satisfactory (S)/Unsatisfactory (U). Attendance is mandatory.






Mastering your Phd: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond
Author: Gosling, Noordam
This book is available for free online through the library

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html