BH101 - Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar)(Honours)

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Plan: BH101PH - Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Physics) (Honours)
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure
Program transition plan

Approach to learning and assessment

You will experience a wide range of learning environments – lectures, tutorials, online delivery, laboratory practicals, individual and group work. Lectures, tutorials and seminars are used extensively in the program to communicate knowledge and ideas about the role of Physics in society.

Of particular importance is the high proportion of time you will spend in the laboratory and undertaking projects which will provide emphasis to developing practical skills and capabilities, developing teamwork and time-management skills and providing context for your learning process.

You are expected to participate in face-to-face activities including lectures, demonstrations, labs, practicals and tutorials. Information given in these activities may not be available otherwise and will most likely impact on your success in the course.

Several courses in the program are delivered online, rather than on-campus, and you are likely to find that other courses transition to online delivery as you progress through the program. Most courses are also making use of the CANVAS for electronic provision of course material, tutorial problems, past exams and other relevant documents.

You will be assessed by a variety of methods, as appropriate to the material being taught, the skills being acquired and the capabilities developed. Formative and summative assessment tasks are undertaken throughout courses in the program. 

Formative assessment is often carried out during a course and provides you opportunity for immediate evidence of your learning. Its purpose is to improve the quality of your learning, and classroom quizzes, homework and laboratory assessment are the most common formative assessment techniques. In-class discussions, revision problems, and past exam papers are available for you to gauge your understanding of the lecture material.

Course goals and objectives reflect the cumulative nature of the learning process and summative assessment, usually at the end of the course, is used to ensure you have met these course aims. Exams, assignments, oral and written presentations, laboratory reports and project reports will be used as part of, and as a measure of, your learning.

If you have a long term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): http://www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he.

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Work integrated learning

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real or simulated work contexts or situations;

In this program, you will be doing specific course(s) that focus on work integrated learning (WIL). You will be assessed on professional or vocational work in a work place setting (real or simulated) and receive feedback from practicing professionals in your field. 

In second year, you will carry out a research-oriented activity mentored by a research active scientist in ONPS1664 Science Mentored Research Placement 1.

In third year, you will undertake a second research-oriented activity mentored by a research active scientist in ONPS1665 Science Mentored Research Placement 2. You will also complete ONPS2186 Science Project and ONPS2335 The Professional Scientist. In both of these courses you will have the opportunity to learn, apply and demonstrate professional science practice.

In the fourth year of study, you will carry out a major research project in the four Science Honours Project courses (ONPS2663 Science Honours Project 1, ONPS2452 Science Honours Project 2, ONPS2454 Science Honours Project 3 and ONPS2456 Science Honours Project 4). In these courses you will work individually under the guidance of a research active scientist.

 

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Program Structure

Please note that some courses listed in this structure will have their course marks count toward your program's weighted average mark. Your weighted average mark will determine the honours level of your award once you have completed the program. If a course counts toward your weighted average mark, that fact will be stated in its course guide. In Enrolment Online, after you completed your course enrolment, you will be notified which of the enrolled courses will count toward the weighted average mark.
 

For more information about the weighted average mark, please click here

To graduate you must complete the following:

All courses listed may not be available each semester

 

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Year One of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Calculus and Analysis 1 12 MATH1142 City Campus
Mechanics 12 PHYS2122 City Campus
Calculus and Analysis 2 12 MATH1144 City Campus
Modern Physics 12 PHYS2123 City Campus
Scientific Skills and Communication 12 ONPS2334 City Campus
Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism 12 PHYS2127 City Campus
Programming Fundamentals for Scientists 12 COSC2676 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) of the following Chemistry Options

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Chemistry of Materials 1 12 CHEM1030 City Campus
Chemistry Principles 12 CHEM1242 City Campus
 
AND

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Year Two of Program

Complete the following Six (6) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Science Mentored Research Placement 1 12 ONPS1664 City Campus
Mathematics for Physicists 12 MATH1129 City Campus
Materials Physics 12 PHYS2179 City Campus
Electromagnetism 12 PHYS2181 City Campus
Optics & Photonics 12 PHYS2180 City Campus
Classical & Quantum Mechanics 12 PHYS2178 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) of the following Biology Options:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Cell Structure and Function 12 BIOL2146 City Campus
Life on Earth 12 ENVI1142 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from any:
University Elective
 
AND

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Year Three of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

The Professional Scientist 12 ONPS2335 City Campus
Science Mentored Research Placement 2 12 ONPS1665 City Campus
Science Project 1 12 ONPS2186 City Campus
Solid State Physics 12 PHYS2068 City Campus
Radiation & Nuclear Physics 12 PHYS2176 City Campus
Quantum Physics 12 PHYS2175 City Campus
Thermal & Statistical Physics 12 PHYS2177 City Campus
AND
Select and Complete One (1) Course from any:
University Elective
 
AND

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Year Four of Program

Complete the following Seven (7) Courses:

Course Title

Credit Points

Course Code

Campus

Science Honours Research Methods 12 ONPS2412 City Campus
Honours Science 1 12 ONPS2313 City Campus
Science Honours Project 1 24 ONPS2663 City Campus
Honours Science 2 12 ONPS2314 City Campus
Science Honours Project 2 12 ONPS2452 City Campus
Science Honours Project 3 12 ONPS2454 City Campus
Science Honours Project 4 12 ONPS2456 City Campus
 

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Program transition plan

 

Changes to BH101PH  Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Physics) (Honours) Effective Semester 1, 2020

In accordance with the continuous program improvement process, some changes have been made to the BH101PH  Bachelor of Science (Dean's Scholar, Physics) (Honours) effective Semester 1, 2020.

The following table shows courses that will be replaced/ amended from Semester 1 2020 as part of a program transition. If you have successfully completed any of the old courses before the commencement of Semester 1 2020 it will continue to count as a core course in your program and contribute towards the successful completion of your program.

Courses replacements

Year or Semester

Former course/s no longer offered

Credit Points

New or amended course

Year 2

PHYS1074 - Materials and Thermal Physics

PHYS2125- Optics and Radiation Physics

PHYS2128 - Electromagnetics and Quantum Physics

PHYS1066 - Practical Physics 1

12

PHYS2178 - Classical and Quantum Mechanics

PHYS2180 - Optics and Photonics

PHYS2181 – Electromagnetism

PHYS2179 - Materials Physics

Year 3

PHYS2126 - Applied Physics

PHYS1095 - Quantum and Statistical Physics

PHYS2074 - Photonics and Nuclear Physics

12

PHYS2175 - Quantum Physics

PHYS2177 - Thermal and Statistical Physics

PHYS2176 - Radiation and Nuclear Physics

Program Options

Deleted Option Courses

12

Any Program Options

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