Course Title: Materials and Thermal Physics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Materials and Thermal Physics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Daivis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3393

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.6.6

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to make an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

.It is assumed that you have acquired the knowledge and capabilities developed in PHYS2127 Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism.

Course Description

This is a second year core course that aims to give you an intermediate level understanding of thermal physics and materials science including equilibrium thermodynamics and its applications, and the structure, properties and phase behaviour of materials

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes: (PLOs)
PLO-1 Understanding science

  • PLO-1.1 You will demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and an ability to apply the scientific method in practice.
  • PLO-1.3 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge.

PLO-3 Inquiry and Problem Solving

  • PLO-3.3 You will be able to choose appropriate tools and methods to solve scientific problems within your area of specialization.
  • PLO-3.4 You will demonstrate well-developed problem solving skills, applying your knowledge and using your ability to think analytically and creatively.
  • PLO-3.5 You will possess an ability to accurately record, analyse, interpret and critically evaluate your research findings.

PLO-4 Communication

  • PLO-4.1 You will be able to communicate the solution to a problem or the results of a scientific investigation using effective oral, written and presentation skills.

PLO-5 Personal and professional responsibility

  • PLO-5.1 You will develop a capacity for independent and self-directed work.
  • PLO-5.2 You will work responsibly, safely, legally and ethically.
  • PLO-5.3 You will develop an ability to work collaboratively.


After completing this course you will:

  1. have an intermediate level of knowledge in the areas of thermal and materials physics
  2. be able to analyse and solve problems in the areas of thermal and materials physics
  3. be able to carry out and communicate the results of experiments



Overview of Learning Activities

Learning will occur through a series of lectures, tutorial discussions, and written and on-line assignments and laboratory classes designed to illustrate the course content and develop capabilities using a variety of experiences.

Total Study Hours

Teacher guided hours: 66

Learner directed hours: 54


Overview of Learning Resources

Many good references are available in the Library on Materials and Thermal Physics at this level. Particulars will be given out at the start of the course. You will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub (also known as myRMIT) and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class.

Overview of Assessment

Note that:

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment will be through

  • assignments 20% (Addresses CLO 1, 2)
  • examinations 40% (Addresses CLO 1, 2)
  • laboratory 40% (Addresses CLO 3)