Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students explore fundamental quantum physics and its application to understanding the electronic and thermal properties of matter. Students develop their experimental and computational skills with a range of laboratory experiments. This unit is available to postgraduate students as part of a group of electives which deepen their knowledge of physics and introduce research-related skills.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorChris Pakes

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Approval from the Department of Physics adviser of studies


Incompatible subjects PHY3SCA, PHY3SCB, PHY3PQM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChris Pakes

Class requirements

Laboratory Class Week: 11 - 22
Two 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
3-hour Exam comprising short-answer questionsStudents must pass the laboratory and tutorial component to pass the unit60
5 assignments comprising approximately 5 pages of mathematical solutions, including diagrams20
One report on research problem (3000 words)10
Two oral reports on laboratory activities3
Two written reports on laboratory activities (approx 1500 words each)7