Course Title: Materials Physics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Materials Physics

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

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

It is assumed that you have acquired the knowledge and capabilities developed in PHYS2122 Mechanics.

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 on-line assignments will test your knowledge of the course content throughout the semester.

Overview of Learning Resources

The RMIT library contains many excellent supporting reference books describing Materials Physics. RMIT students can access excellent e-text resources that support the course without charge. Particulars will be given out at the start of the course. You will be able to access course information and learning materials through Canvas and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

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