2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Physics) | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Physics)



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1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

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Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

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Students who have fulfilled the requirements of a Bachelor of Science (Physics) and achieved the required academic standard may undertake an Honours degree - a year of research training in the discipline.

The Honours degree provides students with the first real opportunity to undertake research on a topic of their interest. The Honours year is particularly important as it represents a gateway to future research opportunities, both in the form of higher research degrees and as a career in research, or to other vocations that require advanced analytical and research skills.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Integrate knowledge of a variety of fundamental physical laws to analyse behaviour and properties of physical systems;
2 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of research principles and methods associated with physics;
3 Integrate advanced technical and cognitive skills in reviewing, analysing and synthesising information to address specific themes in physics;
4 Exercise critical thinking, initiative and judgment in understanding complex concepts and constructing new understandings in contemporary physics;
5 Communicate advanced knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently by written and oral means to an expert and non-expert audiences;
6 Plan and execute a research project pertinent to physics in collaboration with an academic supervisor.

Course Structure

To graduate with an Honours degree, candidates undertake a research thesis within their major study discipline, together with required coursework. The Honours grade will be calculated in accordance with Method 1. For further information refer to Coursework Rules.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
PHYS457 Research Project 24 Annual, Spring 2020/Autumn 2021
PHYS466 Research Methods 6 Annual, Autumn
PHYS474 Quantum Mechanics 6 Autumn
PHYS476 Solid State Physics 6 Annual
PHYS473 Electromagnetism 3 Spring
Plus one of the following
PHYS471 Theoretical Mechanics 3 Not available in 2020
PHYS472 Relativity and Cosmology 3 Autumn

Other Information

For further information email: eis@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 14 January, 2020