Course Title: Applied Physics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied Physics

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Assoc Professor Johan Du Plessis

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2144

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.6.3

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

No enforced requisites.

To succeed in this course, it is assumed that you have completed PHYS1074 Materials & Thermal Physics, PHYS2125Optics and Radiation Physics and PHYS2128Electromagneticand Quantum Physics or have comparable knowledge and skills. It is also assumed that you have completed courses in mathematics at the second year university level.


Course Description

This course is part of the core practical component of programs leading to a Physics qualification in the School of Sciences. It is the main practical course for 3rd year physics students in 1st semester. It gives students the opportunity to use high-quality equipment across a range of laboratories in the School, and teaches them principles of good laboratory practice in preparation for a more extended research project in a following semester.  Students completing this course will be well prepared for research programs in third year and beyond, as well as laboratory based employment.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the School of Applied Sciences Program Learning Outcomes at AQF Level 7:

  • PLO-1   Understanding science
  • PLO-3   Inquiry and Problem Solving
  • PLO-4   Communication
  • PLO-5   Personal and professional responsibility


After successfully completing this course you will be able to:

  1. Undertake laboratory work and record their progress in a laboratory journal;
  2. Apply physics principles to interpret their experimental findings.
  3. Employ relevant mathematical tools to process experimental data;
  4. Effectively communicate the results of experiments in a written report.



Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn in this course by:

  • undertaking laboratory work and attending introductory sessions where material will be presented and explained 
  • the writing up of laboratory reports
  • private study, working through the theory behind the experiments

Total Study Hours

120 hours. Five (5) hours per week face to face laboratories plus five (5) hours per week private study/report writing.

Overview of Learning Resources

Experiment notes and supplementary materials will be made available as required. Some references relevant to the individual experiments may be suggested by the supervisors but students are also expected to seek out appropriate references themselves, from the Library or on-line. Students will conduct experiments using equipment provided by the School, including computing facilities. 

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 based on exercises, on laboratory journals inspected or submitted at each laboratory session and on written reports for each experiment. 

On-going Assessment Task: Exercises and Lab Journals.

Weighting: 30%

This assessment task supports CLO 3. 

Formal Report Assessment Task: You will be required to submit formal reports on the experiments you performed during the semester - each report has equal weight.

Weighting: 70%

This assessment task supports all the CLOs 1-4.