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Aims

The program of study aims to provide students with advanced knowledge in the foundations of physics together with an advanced research project in a specific area of physics. Students will acquire extensive subject knowledge in the discipline as well as extensive experience that can only be achieved by doing an advanced research project. It also aims to develop a range of transferable research, analytical and communication skills including the capacity to:

  • 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 study 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 account of advanced concepts in the foundations of physics acquired through three advanced physics topics as well as specialised knowledge from a major research project in which they will have written a research thesis and made a research seminar presentation
  • know and critically apply the theories, subject content, professional methodologies and research procedures relevant to the discipline of physics at an advanced level
  • 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, especially from their specialised research project
  • communicate their findings to a variety of audiences in written and spoken form, including a seminar presentation of their research findings
  • appreciate that there are relationships and connections between physics and 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

Core - Honours Year topics

36 unit comprising:

 CPES7700A  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)
 CPES7700B  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)
 CPES7700C  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)
 CPES7700D  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)
 CPES7700E  Honours Research Project  (4/5/22.5 units)

Plus

 CPES7701  Advanced Research Skills  (4.5 units)
 CPES7711  Advanced Techniques in Chemical and Physical Science  (4.5 units)
 CPES7721  Advanced Chemical and Physical Science  (4.5 units)