Course Title: Quantum Physics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Quantum Physics

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Professor Salvy Russo

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2601

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.12.014

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 PHYS2178 Classical and Quantum Mechanics, PHYS2123 Modern Physics and MATH1129 Mathematics for Physicists.

Course Description

Quantum Physics deals with the description of the structure of matter at the atomic level. It has wide applicability to almost all areas of science and technology particularly those that deal with the properties of materials.
This is a final year undergraduate course and assumes a successful completion of the first two years of a physics degree. It covers the physical understanding of matter from an atomic view point as well as introducing the fundamentals upon which modern computer modelling of matter is based.
The course has a theoretical lecture component and also involves worked exercises to illustrate the material which the student should work through in order to fully understand this theoretical material.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP229 and BP247:


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 1.2: You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and relevance of science in society.

PLO 1.3: You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge. 


PLO-2: Scientific knowledge

PLO 2.1:  You will have broad knowledge in your chosen discipline, with deep knowledge in its core concepts.


PLO-3: Inquiry and Problem Solving

PLO 3.2: You will be able to gather, critically review and synthesise information relevant to a scientific inquiry or research project.

PLO 3.3:  You will be able to choose appropriate tools and methods to solve scientific problems within your area of specialisation.

PLO 3.4: You will demonstrate well-developed problem solving skills, applying your knowledge and using your ability to think analytically and creatively.


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.

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Be familiar with the basic ideas and tools of elementary quantum theory, and be able to apply them in other fields which use quantum theory;
  2. Have developed an understanding of atomic and molecular structure;
  3. Solve intermediate-level problems in quantum mechanics;
  4. Be capable of communicating and explaining these concepts to others;
  5. Apply the theory learned to novel physical situations, through mathematical manipulation of the underlying equations

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning will occur through a series of lectures, plus a set of non-assessable assignments designed to give experience in applications and to illustrate basic concepts.


Total Study Hours

Teacher guided hours: 48

Learner guided hours: 72

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be provided with copies of lecture notes and additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts and resources in the library will also be provided.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

The assessment will be through:



Weighting 35%

Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Mid-semester Test

Weighting 30%

Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


End of semester exam

Weighting 35%

Addresses CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5