phy5ema advanced emm




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

On completion of this subject, students will be able to solve problems in classical electromagnetism and modern materials science which provide a basis for further study in physics, engineering or another science. They will use the essential apparatus in a physics laboratory to take and analyse measurements, and master the vocabulary and essential concepts of classical electromagnetism and modern materials science. Students investigate electrostatics, magnetostatics, induction, conductivity, crystal structure and electronic structure. Students will conduct three experimental investigations into electromagnetism and modern materials. Additionally, students individually solve a simple research problem solvable by computational methods. The approach and results of these investigations are summarised in written reports. This subject is available to postgraduate students as part of a group of electives which deepen their knowledge of physics and introduce research-related skills.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDongchen Qi

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 PHY20ENG, PHY22ENG, PHY22SCB, PHY2EPB, PHY2SCB, PHY2EMM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to Electrodynamics (Fourth Edition)PrescribedGriffiths, D. J.PRENTICE HALL
ReadingsIntroduction to Materials Science and Engineering (7th Edition)PrescribedShakelford, J. F.PRENTICE HALL, ISBN-10: 013601260 (2009)

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Diagrammatically represent, analyse and / or solve conceptual and mathematical problems related to electromagnetism and materials science.

Students are assessed via six assignments, submitted via the LMS. In these assignments, students work in groups to generate answers of around 10 typeset pages in length to conceptual and mathematical questions. Students sit a final end of semester exam comprising short answer questions.

02. Use accurate terminology and appropriate units to describe physical phenomena related to electromagnetism and materials science.

Students are required to use appropriate terminology and units in all assessment elements (namely assignments, laboratory reports and exam).

03. Perform experiments related to electromagnetism and material science using standard physics laboratory techniques, equipment and software and assess the data to check for inappropriate, irrelevant or spurious results.

Students complete three extended laboratory experiments of nine hours in total for each experiment, and submit a report that indicates their ability to detail and assess experimental data. Students follow written and verbal laboratory instructions to conduct the experiments accurately and safely.

04. Explain and interpret laboratory results in the context of electromagnetism and materials science.

Students submit three laboratory reports detailing their interpretation of the results. The laboratory report mark contains a writing component. Students conduct an oral interview with a laboratory demonstrator at the completion of each experiment where their understanding of the underlying physics concepts, experimental approaches, data and error analysis, and maturity in diagnosing and solving problems are assessed. Students give an oral presentation about one of the first two experiments they have conducted where they explain and interpret their results to a peer group and the lecturer.

05. Collaborate, in pairs, to complete laboratory experiments and prepare and deliver the oral component of laboratory assessment. Ethically distinguish between collaborative and individual work.

The relative participation of each student in completing the experiment and in the preparation and execution of the oral component of the laboratory assessment are assessed. It is repeatedly stressed via the subject materials and orally that students in the group are expected to contribute equally to these activities. Students are expected to submit their own work (laboratory reports). If they fail to do so, they are counselled after the first occasion by the demonstrator. For subsequent plagiarism, no marks are awarded and they are interviewed by the subject coordinator.

06. Describe the recent developments in the fields of Electromagnetism and Modern Materials and identify areas which constitute interesting research problems. Apply research principles and methods applicable to the field of Electromagnetism and Modern Materials.

Students are provided with a simple research problem solvable by computational methods, and are expected to solve it individually, in consultation with demonstrators. The approach and results are summarised in a written report, which includes a proposal for extending the project by further work on a related interesting research problem.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDongchen Qi

Class requirements

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 3-hour Exam comprising short-answer questions6001, 02
Report on research problem (3000 words)1006
Six assignments (each 3-5 pages) and six online quizzes2001, 02
Labs1003, 04, 05