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,
Sem 1 2018


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

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 your progress in a laboratory journal;
  2. Apply physics principles to interpret your experimental findings.
  3. Employ relevant mathematical tools to process experimental data;
  4. Effectively communicate the results of experiments using several modes: written reports, posters and oral presentations.



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.

Lab journals: You will be required to keep and submit copies of lab journals for each experiment.  All lab journals will be graded. The first mark in each rotation will be formative and will not count towards your final grade. Therefore you will submit 6 lab journals  for summative assessment. Weighting: 15% This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4.   Extended abstracts: For some experiments a formal scientific report will not be required but you will have to submit an extended abstract of an A4 page length. You will submit the first extended abstract in each rotation for formative feedback and 6 extended abstracts counting towards your final grade. Weighting: 15% This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4.   Formal Report: You will be required to submit 3 formal reports on some of the experiments you performed during the semester - each report has equal weight. The first grade is formative, the last 2 report grades will count towards your final grade. Weighting: 40% This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4.   Scientific Poster: You will prepare a group scientific poster on a designated experiment. Weighting: 15% This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4.   Oral Presentation: You will participate in an individual/group oral presentation on an experiment you have done during the rotation. Weighting: 15% This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4.