300 Level CoursesPHYS/ASTR 391 - Introductory Research
Ernest Rutherford, a famous graduate of this University, described physics as 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration, but he also believed that physics should be fun, interesting, stimulating, challenging and wide ranging. This third physics year is the last year of the BSc degree and you should be well on the way to a career in science. Throughout this third year we help you to:
- develop your ability to apply logic and scientific knowledge and judgement to physical problems,
- understand the fundamentals of physics and their application to every-day life,
- design and carry out experimental work to resolve problems in physics,
- present results clearly in written and spoken English to others at your level,
- appreciate physics as a scientific discipline and a cultural activity,
- acquire the necessary skills for a future career in physics.
The minimum requirements at 300 level for a BSc in physics are the PHYS381 laboratory course and three lecture courses, one of which must be PHYS310 which contains core material. With the change to the 15 point course sizes this will be taught at 200-level in future, and in the transition year 2011 is taught jointly as PHYS204 and PHYS310. (Those graduating at the end of 2011 must use the code PHYS310.)
Those considering an honours degree need at least 90 points at 300 level (including PHYS310 and PHYS381) and 30 points of 300-level MATH (Note: The choice of courses is subject to the approval of the Head of Department). When planning your selection of 300-level courses, bear in mind your interests, those of possible employers, and options for possible graduate study. If you have any questions or concerns, seek advice from the 300-level supervisor of studies before selecting courses.
Most of the 300-level lecture courses in our Department are 24-lecture 15-point courses with a fortnightly tutorial, Tuesday 2:10 - 3:00 p.m. or 3:10 - 4:00 p.m. or 4:10 - 5:00 p.m. (PHYS310 will be following the same format as a 200-level course in 2011, with an additional weekly class.) The lecturer teaching the course will confirm the tutorial and assessment arrangements in the first lecture.
If you have further questions, direct them as appropriate to:
300 level Supervisor of Studies
Head of Department
Room 710, phone 364 2404
or any of the lecturers concerned.