Physics Honours 4210

Course code PHYS4210Units 20Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

The Honours Program in Physics is designed to give students an advanced understanding of specific topics in modern physics through coursework and a research project. PHYS4110 and PHYS4210 comprise coursework related to current research interests in Physics - Surface Physics, Near-Earth Space Physics, Solid State Physics and Medical Physics. PHYS4110 and PHYS4210 together comprise 90 hours of lectures which must include three compulsory core topics from Quantum Mechanics, Solid State Physics, Electromagnetism and Classical & Modern Optics, and three elective topics. As a part of PHYS4110 and PHYS4210, students will complete work on research methodology.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will demonstrate:

1. an understanding at an advanced level of the principles and techniques underlying many of the important areas of contemporary physics
2. competence in researching the scientific literature
3. a significantly enhanced understanding of how to apply their knowledge of physics to real physical systems independently and collaboratively
4. the capacity to devise and employ effective and creative strategies in problem solving, in conducting research, and in analysing and modelling the behaviour of physical systems.
5. mastery of a range of experimental, theoretical and/or computational techniques
6. an enhanced ability to effectively communicate their knowledge of physics to a wide variety of audiences
7. awareness of appropriate professional conduct and practice
ContentPHYS4210 is a 20 unit course in the BSc(Phys)(Honours) program which incorporates coursework covered by a selection of the topics listed below:
Core Topics (3 topics from):
Quantum Mechanics
Solid State Physics
Classical and Modern Optics

Elective Topics (3 topics from)*:
Advanced Optical Fibres
Application of Numerical Techniques in Physics
Digital Signal Processing
Magnetohydrodynamics & Astrophysics
Medical Physics
Organic Electronics
Space/Ionospheric Physics
Surface Physics

Research Methodology
1. Occupational Health and Safety requirements associated with research projects
2. Project management skills
3. Experimental design and data analysis
4. Thesis writing skills
5. Seminar presentation skills
6. Professional conduct and practice

* This list of optional topics may vary from year to year. The fourth core topic can also be taken as an elective topic.

Students may replace one physics elective topic with an appropriate mathematics, or chemistry topic subject to approval by the Physics Honours Coordinator.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeA major in Physics with a Credit grade average in at least 40 units of 3000 level physics courses.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: Class
Essays / Written Assignments
Group/tutorial participation and contributionResearch methodology
Quiz - ClassResearch methodology - quiz may be class and/or online
Quiz - On-lineResearch methodology - quiz may be class and/or online
SeminarResearch methodology
Contact HoursIntegrated Learning: for 50 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program.
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHYS4210