The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


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. PHYS4120 and PHYS4220 comprise a research project related to current research interests in Physics.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Competence in researching the scientific literature

2. A significantly enhanced understanding of how to apply their knowledge of physics to real physical systems independently and collaboratively

3. 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.

4. Mastery of a range of experimental, theoretical and/or computational techniques

5. An enhanced ability to effectively communicate their knowledge of physics to a wide variety of audiences


PHYS4120 covers the preliminary work towards a major research project supervised by a member of academic staff.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program.

Assumed knowledge

A major in Physics with a Credit grade average in at least 40 units of 3000 level physics courses.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Induction Workshop WHS quiz Risk assessment Academic Integrity Module

Presentation: Oral thesis proposal seminar

Literature Review: Written Literature Review and Research Plan

Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Individual Supervision: 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


Individual Supervision

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

Meeting and laboratory times will be by arrangement with the project supervisor.