Available in 2018

Course handbook


An understanding of the nature of atoms is developed by examining the basic quantum mechanical model for the electronic structure of atoms. Central to this model is the interaction of atoms with light and electric and magnetic fields. Applications that are important for our standards of time and length will be discussed. We then delve further into the atom and examine the structure of the nucleus. The basic concepts and theories of nuclear physics are developed as well as an understanding of the applications of nuclear science.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Have acquire knowledge and understanding about the electronic and nuclear structure of atoms .

2. Have solved problems related to the structure of atoms and the effect of ionizing radiation on the body and the environment.

3. Have an appreciation of the influence of atomic and nuclear physics on modern scientific development.

4. Have the foundations for examining in more detail various aspects of experimental and theoretical physics which relate to both atomic and nuclear physics.

5. Be able to explain the key areas in which Atomic and Nuclear Physics affects everyday living.


Topics in atomic and nuclear physics including:

  • Fundamentals of atomic structure: The hydrogen atom
  • Describing multi-electron atoms: Spin-Orbit Coupling
  • Atomic Radiation
  • Atoms in Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Applications of Atomic Physics
  • Nuclear properties
  • Nuclear models
  • Nuclear reactions
  • Radiation detectors
  • Biological Effects of radiation
  • Applications selected from the following: medicine, nuclear power production, industrial applications & environmental issues

Assumed knowledge

PHYS1220 and MATH2310

Assessment items

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Exam

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Exercises

Written Assignment: Nuclear Physics Assignments

Formal Examination: Examination ¿ Formal Final examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 15 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term