PHYS208 Topics in Advanced Physical Sciences

Updated: 25 October 2018
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
23 April 2019 26 April 2019 Non-Mandatory Offered in Trimester 1 (for the Astrophysics topic only)
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites (PHYS121 or PHYS131) and (PHYS122 or PHYS132) and (MATH101 or MTHS120) and (MATH102 or MTHS130) or (candidature in a postgraduate award and permission of head of school) or (candidature in a Bachelor of Education and permission of head of school)
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ASTY221 (for Astrophysics topic only)
Notes

Not all topics will be offered each year. Currently the Astrophysics/Cosmology topic is being offered. The students may consult the unit coordinator for advice on whether additional topics will be available.

Candidates for a postgraduate award may seek permission from the head of school to waive the pre-requisites.

This unit is a repeatable unit.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Stephen Bosi (stephen.bosi@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

The unit will cover a topic taken from advanced physical sciences such as computational physics, astrophysics, cosmology, superconductivity, particle and nuclear physics, quantum and classical mechanics, thermal and statistical physics, relativity, medical physics, sensor and wireless networks, technical sensing and electromagnetism. This unit will deal with scientific models, theories and laws, and structures related to the physical world, matter and space; the history, nature and practice of physics; the application and use of physics and the social and ethical implications of physics.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Discovering the Universe

ISBN: 9781464140860
Comins, N.F. and Kaufmann III, W.J., Freeman 10th ed. 2014

Note: The 9th edition of this text is also acceptable for use in this unit.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Assessment 1 25%
Assessment Notes

Topic-based assignment comprising numerical and/or computational problems and discussion.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Assessment 2 25%
Assessment Notes

Topic-based assignment comprising numerical and/or computational problems and discussion.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50%
Assessment Notes

This assessment is mandatory and will count towards the final assessment of this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. describe and discuss key aspects of the scientific models, theories and laws, and structures related to the physical world, matter and space;
  2. demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the nature and practice of physics as related to Computational Physics, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Superconductivity, Particle and Nuclear Physics, Classical and Quantum Mechanics, Thermal and Statistical Physics, Relativity, Medical Physics, Sensor and Wireless Networks, Technical Sensing and Electromagnetism;
  3. demonstrate skills in the application and use of physics in Computational Physics, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Superconductivity, Particle and Nuclear Physics, Classical and Quantum Mechanics, Thermal and Statistical Physics, Relativity, Medical Physics, Sensor and Wireless Networks, Technical Sensing and Electromagnetism;
  4. demonstrate an appreciation of the broader implications of physics; and
  5. identify and discuss current issues associated with research and development in physics in Computational Physics, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Superconductivity, Particle and Nuclear Physics, Classical and Quantum Mechanics, Thermal and Statistical Physics, Relativity, Medical Physics, Sensor and Wireless Networks, Technical Sensing and Electromagnetism.