To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:

Aims

The program of studies aims to provide students with an extended foundation in physics and mathematics together with the ability to acquire extensive subject knowledge in the discipline. It also aims to develop a range of transferable research, analytical and communication skills including the capacity to:

  • understand physics at a deeper level
  • understand and apply relevant scientific principles in a physics context. In particular this involves development of an intuitive knowledge of physics principles, and having a maths ability that serves as a language for physics and for applications of physics
  • appreciate the nature of experiment design and execution, and to understand the principles of operation of scientific instruments commonly used in physics
  • retrieve and present information about physics in a scientific manner, including communicating effectively with a variety of audiences in written and spoken form
  • structure problems in physics, develop computational skills to model and analyse problems, be able to use critical thinking, be able to rationalise by having an intuitive understanding for the physical processes and being able to self-correct misunderstandings
  • engage positively with people and ideas beyond the discipline
  • work independently and take responsibility for updating and adapting their knowledge and skills
  • appreciate the role of physics in society, and the ethical issues it raises
  • work cooperatively and productively within a team.

The program of studies provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study in physics or another science or non-science related discipline or for a career in a physics related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes

Graduates are expected to be able to:

  • give an extended account of the foundations of physics
  • know and critically apply the theories, subject content, professional methodologies and research procedures relevant to the discipline of physics
  • describe the processes through which current knowledge about the discipline of physics was developed
  • analyse and critically evaluate ideas/information/data and apply relevant scientific principles to solve problems by, for example, creating hypotheses, testing theories and predictions, designing and carrying out experiments and analysing reported data;
  • communicate their findings to a variety of audiences in written and spoken form
  • appreciate that there are relationships and connections between physics an other science and non-science disciplines and understand such relationships and connections in respect physics
  • work and learn independently and appreciate the need for continuing professional development
  • interact effectively as part of a team in order to achieve common goals
  • have an intuitive level of understanding of the physical processes and being able to identify and self-correct misunderstandings
  • engage positively with people and ideas beyond the discipline
  • work independently and take responsibility for updating and adapting their knowledge and skills
  • appreciate the role of physics in society, and the ethical issues it raises
  • work cooperatively and productively within a team.

The program of studies provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study in physics or another science or non-science related discipline or for a career in a physics related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Program of study

Extended Major - Physics - Year 1 topics


The following topics must be selected as part of the 36-unit First Year program::

 MATH1121  Mathematics 1A#  (4.5 units)
 MATH1122  Mathematics 1B#  (4.5 units)
 PHYS1101  Fundamental Physics I  (4.5 units)
 PHYS1102  Fundamental Physics II  (4.5 units)

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Extended Major - Physics - Year 2 topics


27 units comprising:

 MATH2711  Several Variable Calculus  (4.5 units)
 PHYS2712  Thermodynamics and Electromagnetic Waves  (4.5 units)
 PHYS2701  Quantum Concepts  (4.5 units)
 PHYS2702  Classical Physics  (4.5 units)

Plus two of:
 
 MATH2702  Linear Algebra and Differential Equations  (4.5 units)
 MATH2712  Algebra  (4.5 units)
 NANO2701  Structure and Characterisation  (4.5 units)
  

 

Extended Major - Physics - Year 3 topics


27 units comprising:

 MATH3712  Partial Differential Equations  (4.5 units)
 PHYS3701  Nuclear and Statistical Physics  (4.5 units)
 PHYS3702  Cosmology and Optoelectronics  (4.5 units)
 PHYS3711  Quantum Physics  (4.5 units)

 

Plus two of:

 NANO3702  Frontiers of Nanotechnology  (4.5 units)
 MATH3701  Numerical Analysis  (4.5 units)
 MATH3702  Methods of Applied Mathematics  (4.5 units)
 MATH3711  Complex Analysis  (4.5 units)

Fourth Year Honours Program - Physics for students undertaking the Bachelor of Science (Honours) 4 Year or the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Enhanced Program for High Achievers.