Course Title: Materials Physics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Materials Physics

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Professor Dougal McCulloch

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3391

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 014.07.002

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study

You should have satisfactorily completed following course/s before you commence this course.

Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.

Course Description

This is a second-year core course aiming to provide intermediate level understanding of materials physics including structure and phase behaviour of materials, their mechanical, optical and electrical properties and their classification for applications.

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 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-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.

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

  1. Demonstrate an intermediate level of knowledge in the areas of materials physics.
  2. Analyse and solve problems in the area of materials physics in a timely manner.
  3. Process and communicate the results of experiments in materials physics.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning will occur through a series of lectures, tutorial discussions and laboratory classes. Written and online assignments will test your knowledge of the course content throughout the semester.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Written Assignments
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Weekly on-line quizzes
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory Written Reports
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLO 3

Assessment Task 4: End of Semester Test
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

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