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  • Objectives
    Physics is concerned with the understanding and quantitative description of natural phenomena. Applied physics is concerned with the application of this knowledge for the advancement of society. The areas in which professional physicists are employed are changing rapidly and becoming increasingly cross-disciplinary; these include biophysics, medical physics, environmental science, geophysics, computational physics, instrumentation and data acquisition and processing. The Bachelor of Applied Physics program is designed to produce graduates who are well qualified to succeed in the changing employment scene. Graduates may be employed in fields as diverse as acoustics consulting, biophysics research, electro-optics, materials research, environmental monitoring, computing technology, geophysical exploration and secondary teaching. The program includes in-depth studies in physics, including courses that introduce students to problems and applications in research and industry, as well as individual research projects of an applied nature in which students solve real problems and compile evidence of practical competence to show prospective employers. The internal and external versions of the program have identical content, and students can transfer from one mode to the other as circumstances warrant.
  • Entry requirements
    Domestic students - Prerequisites: Maths B (4, SA), physics (4, SA) Note: the physics prerequisite for domestic students can be satisfied by a combination of physics (2, SA) and maths C (2, SA).
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Applied Physics
  • Course description

    About Applied Physics

    Physics underpins all technology. Although it is a career that is often not explicitly recognised, applied physicists are making major contributions to many areas of science and technology. Physics is the science of matter and processes, the interaction of the physical world and the University. The skills of the applied physicists in investigating, modelling and analysing the problems of the real work are one of the corner stones of modern society.

    If you're interested in the fundamental questions of life, the universe and everything, and in using your knowledge to make sure the quality of our environment is improved and our lives safe and healthy, a degree in physics may be for you.


    Career Opportunities

    Due to its all-embracing nature, it is difficult to identify a single career path followed by the physicist but careers actually taken up by our graduates include: exploration geophysics, medical physics, research laboratories like CSIRO, DSTO (materials, image analysis, signal processing), higher degrees research (geophysics, astrophysics, atomic physics, surface science), tertiary and secondary education, materials evaluation, electronic design and maintenance, acoustics/environmental measurement and pollution control, laser technology, energy production processes.


    Program Structure
    To satisfy the requirements of the award, students must complete 24 courses/144 units of credit as outlined below:

        * 4 compulsory courses at Level 1;
        * 6 compulsory courses at Level 2;
        * 4 compulsory courses at Level 3;
        * at least 3 Level 3 physics courses; and
        * 7 elective courses selected from a plan stream or any undergraduate degree program.


    4 compulsory courses at Level 1
    Course Code     Course Name
    PHYS11184     Engineering Physics A
    MATH11163     Mathematics IA
    MATH11164     Mathematics IB
    PHYS11185     Engineering Physics B

    6 compulsory courses at Level 2
    Course Code     Course Name
    ENEE13013     Digital and Analogue Electronics
    MATH12171     Differential Equations
    MATH12172     Multivariable Calculus
    PHYS12073     Introduction to Modern Physics
    PHYS12075     Optics
    PHYS12076     Properties of Materials

    4 compulsory courses at Level 3
    Course Code     Course Name
    PHYS13194     Modern Optics
    PHYS13071     Quantum Physics
    PHYS13072     Solid State Physics
    PHYS13193     Oscillations and Waves

    at least 3 Level 3 physics courses
    Course Code     Course Name
    Which may include:
    ENEE13017     Signal Processing Systems
    ENEE14003     Embedded Microcontrollers
    PHYG13004     Earth Science
    PHYS13068     Acoustics and Vibrations
    PHYS13164     Applied Physical Techniques
    PHYS13192     Stars, Planets & Galaxies

    plus 7 elective courses
    Elective courses should be selected from a plan stream or any undergraduate degree program. These elective courses may be selected from one or more of the following plans.

    Electronics/Instrumentation

    Course Code     Course Name
    COIT11133      Programming Fundamentals
    ENCO11005    Computer Hardware Fundamentals
    ENCO12008    Computer Architecture and Assembler
    ENEE13017     Signal Processing Systems
    ENEE14003     Embedded Microcontrollers
    ENTI12001      Instrumentation and Transducers

    Geophysics strand

    Course Code     Course Name
    ENVR11011     Fundamentals of Environmental Science
    ENVR11012     Applications of Environmental Science
    PHYG12003     Geological Science
    PHYG13004     Earth Science
    PHYS12074     Concepts of Astronomy
    PHYS13192     Stars, Planets & Galaxies

    Mathematical Physics strand

    Course Code     Course Name
    MATH12173     Linear Algebra
    STAT11048      Essential Statistics

    Recommended electives include
    Course Code     Course Name
    CHEM11007     Introductory Concepts of Chemical Sciences
    CHEM11008     Essential Principles of Chemical Sciences

    Students must note:

        * at least 36 units of credit of Level 3 courses must be completed; and
        * students may select Level 2 courses before all Level 1 courses are completed as long as prerequisites are satisfied.

    Recommended study schedule

    Please note: that full-time students usually enrol in 4 courses per term and part-time students usually enrol in 2 courses per term.

    New internal students should enrol in the following courses in their first year of study.
    Course Code     Course Name
    PHYS12075     Optics
    PHYS12073     Introduction to Modern Physics
    PHYS11184     Engineering Physics A
    PHYS11185     Engineering Physics B
    MATH11163     Mathematics IA
    MATH11164     Mathematics IB
    Elective     
    Elective

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