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PHYS1904: Physics 1B (Special Studies Program)

The unit is a continuation for high achieving students of PHYS1904. It shares lecture and tutorial classes with PHYS1902, with modules on the topics of fluids, electricity and magnetism, and quantum physics. The lab component features a research project to be performed with researchers in one of the School's research groups.

Details

Academic unit Physics Academic Operations
Unit code PHYS1904
Unit name Physics 1B (Special Studies Program)
Session, year
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Semester 2, 2022
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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PHYS1003 or PHYS1004 or PHYS1902
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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75 or above in PHYS1903 or 85 or above in PHYS1901. Entry is by invitation. This unit of study is deemed to be an Advanced unit of study. Students are also encouraged to take (MATH1X23 or MATH1933 or MATH1X03 or MATH1907) and MATH1X05 concurrently

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Helen Johnston, h.johnston@sydney.edu.au
Administrative staff physics.studentservices@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Record+) Type B final exam Final examination
Short answer questions
40% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4 LO5
Small continuous assessment hurdle task group assignment Laboratory work - circuits
Laboratory work
0% Multiple weeks In lab
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO6
Small continuous assessment Pre-work quiz
Pre-work for circuits labs
3% Multiple weeks 5-8 questions
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO7 LO5
Online task Mastering Physics assignments
Online assignments
5% Multiple weeks Six assignments of 8 questions each.
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO4
Small test Laboratory work - research project
Individual project with research group
0% Ongoing Multiple weeks
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4
Tutorial quiz Lab test part A (skills)
Online quiz testing lab skills and circu
10% Week 07 70 min
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO7 LO5 LO3
Tutorial quiz Lab test part B (practical)
Practical test on circuits
10% Week 07 70 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO1
In-semester test (Record+) Type B in-semester exam Mid-semester test
Online test of lecture material
20% Week 08
Due date: 21 Sep 2022
50 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Assignment Lab Report
Written report on research project
10% Week 13
Due date: 04 Nov 2022
2000-2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO7
Participation group assignment Workshop tutorials
Group work problem solving
2% Weekly 1h
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO6 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?
Type B final exam = Type B final exam ?
Type B in-semester exam = Type B in-semester exam ?
  • Assignments: Assignments are due every two weeks. All assignments are done using the MasteringPhysics system, accessed via Canvas. Each assignment consists of 8 questions, each worth 5 marks even though some are a little longer than others. They are a mix of tutorial-style questions teaching you concepts and problem-solving techniques, and end-of-chapter problems from the textbook. You can come back to the assignment as often as you like until the due date. MasteringPhysics marks the assignments automatically and you immediately know your result.
  • Workshop tutorials: Contributing to Workshop Tutorials is an important part of success in this Unit of Study. Tutorials can be attended either online or face-to-face. You can count attendance at some "Physics Connect" sessions towards your tutorial attendance.
  • Laboratory work: circuits. Assessment in the laboratory is based on successful completion of laboratory work.  In order to pass the laboratory component, you must
    • complete all four circuits experiments
    • achieve at least 15/20 marks for the laboratory project.
  • Laboratory work: project. In the second half of semester, you work on a research project with one of the research groups in the School.  This is assessed with a group talk and an individual report, as well as a mark from your supervisor.
  • Mid-semester test: The mid-semester test is an online test of material from the first lecture module (Electricity and Magnetism). The test is made up of multiple choice and short-answer questions.
  • Final examination: The final exam is an online test of material from the second and third lecture modules (Quantum physics, and Fluids). The exam is made up of multiple choice and short-answer questions. No laboratory work is examinable. The final exam is compulsory. Failure to submit will result in an absent fail grade (AF) for the unit.
  • Lab test part A (skills): This is an online test on circuits and the skills learned in the pre-work material.
  • Lab test part B (practical): This is a practical test which assesses your ability to plan and conduct a simple experiment. It is an individual assessment.
  • Lab report: At the end of semester you will submit a lab report based on your research project. 

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Final exam: If a second replacement exam is required, this exam may be delivered via an alternative assessment method, such as a viva voce (oral exam). The alternative assessment will meet the same learning outcomes as the original exam. The format of the alternative assessment will be determined by the unit coordinator.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

At HD level, a student demonstrates a flair for the subject and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the unit material. A ‘High Distinction’ reflects exceptional achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates the ability to apply subject knowledge to novel situations.

Distinction

75 - 84

At DI level, a student demonstrates an aptitude for the subject and a solid knowledge and understanding of the unit material. A ‘Distinction’ reflects excellent achievement and is awarded to a student who demonstrates an ability to apply the key ideas of the subject.

Credit

65 - 74

At CR level, a student demonstrates a good command and knowledge of the unit material. A ‘Credit’ reflects solid achievement and is awarded to a student who has a broad understanding of the unit material but has not fully developed the ability to apply the key ideas of the subject.

Pass

50 - 64

At PS level, a student demonstrates proficiency in the unit material. A ‘Pass’ reflects satisfactory achievement and is awarded to a student who has threshold knowledge of the subject.

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

MasteringPhysics will not accept late assignments.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Ongoing Project work with research group in the School Project (20 hr) LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7
Week 01 Electricity and magnetism Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Introduction Science laboratory (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Week 02 Electricity and magnetism Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Circuits Science laboratory (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Week 03 Electricity and magnetism Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Circuits Science laboratory (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Week 04 Electricity and magnetism Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Circuits Science laboratory (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Week 05 Electricity and magnetism Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Circuits Science laboratory (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6
Week 06 Electricity and magnetism Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 07 Electricity and magnetism/Quantum physics Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 08 Quantum physics Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 09 Quantum physics Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 10 Quantum physics Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 11 Quantum physics Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 12 Fluids Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Project talks Presentation (3 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 13 Fluids Lecture and tutorial (4 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

You must pass the laboratory programme in order to pass the course. In order to pass the laboratory component, you must

  • successfully complete all four circuits experiments
  • achieve at least 15/20 marks for the research project. See the Canvas SSP page for details of how marks are allocated to the project.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed on the Library eReserve link available on Canvas. 

  • Textbook: University Physics with Modern Physics: Fifteenth Edition in SI Units, by Young and Freedman (Y&F). Published by Pearson.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the key concepts of the behaviour of fluids, the interaction between electricity, magnetism and matter, and the fundamental concepts of quantum physics and its application to modern technology
  • LO2. apply these concepts to develop models, and to solve qualitative and quantitative problems in scientific and engineering contexts with particular reference to applications in modern technology
  • LO3. demonstrate basic experimental skills in the use of electrical measuring instruments and the ability to devise and carry out a scientific investigation that includes measuring physical quantities, analysis and interpretation of results
  • LO4. find and analyse information and judge its reliability and significance
  • LO5. communicate scientific information appropriately, both orally and through written work
  • LO6. engage in team and group work for scientific investigations and for the process of learning
  • LO7. demonstrate a sense of responsibility, ethical behaviour and independence as a learner and as a scientist.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
No changes have been made since this unit was last offered

EQUITY, ACCESS AND DIVERSITY STATEMENT

The School of Physics recognises that biases, bullying and discrimination, including but not limited to those based on gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and age, continue to impact parts of our community disproportionately. Consequently, the School is strongly committed to taking effective steps to make our environment supportive and inclusive and one that provides equity of access and opportunity for everyone.

The School has three Equity Officers as a point of contact for students who may have a query or concern about any issues relating to equity, access and diversity. If you feel you have been treated unfairly, discriminated against, bullied or disadvantaged in any way, you are encouraged to talk to one of the Equity Officers or any member of the Physics staff.

More information can be found at https://sydney.edu.au/science/schools/school-of-physics/equity-access-diversity.html

Any student who feels they may need a special accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Disability
Services: https://sydney.edu.au/study/academic-support/disability-support.html who can help arrange support.

Work, health and safety

We are governed by the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 and Codes of Practice. Penalties for non-compliance have increased. Everyone has a responsibility for health and safety at work. The University’s Work Health and Safety policy explains the responsibilities and expectations of workers and others, and the procedures for managing WHS risks associated with University activities.

General Laboratory Safety Rules

  • No eating or drinking is allowed in any laboratory under any circumstances 
  • Closed-toe shoes are mandatory 
  • Follow safety instructions in your manual, posted in laboratories, and from staff
  • In case of fire, follow instructions posted outside the laboratory door 
  • First aid kits, eye wash and fire extinguishers are located in or immediately outside each laboratory 
  • As a precautionary measure, it is recommended that you have a current tetanus immunisation. This can be obtained from University Health Service: unihealth.usyd.edu.au/

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