UWA Handbook 2017

Honours course

Honours in Physics

Honours in Physics consists of an equal combination of advanced coursework and a research project and dissertation. The research project is undertaken as part of an internationally recognised research group.You will develop a combination of high-level research, analytical and problem-solving skills which are highly valued by industry and government employers. If you wish to continue to a PhD, Honours in Physics provides an outstanding preparation.

Outcomes: Students are able to (1) understand the fundamental laws and principles of physics, along with their application, including recent developments; (2) understand and use the mathematical tools required to model the physical world; (3) do theoretical calculations, use advanced laboratory techniques including computer interfacing, perform numerical and symbolic computations (depending upon the specialisation); (4) review the scientific literature in the area of study; (5) communicate research results to specialist and non-specialist audiences; (6) plan, execute, and report the results of an experiment in a research environment; and (7) write-up the results of the research in a form suitable for publication.

Entry requirements: the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 75 per cent in four Level 3 Physics units of the Physics major, comprising the core units PHYS3002 Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics, PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics, along with either PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics or PHYS3003 Astrophysics and Space Science.

Intake periods: Beginning of year and mid-year

Honours sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (24 points):
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1, S2PHYS4001Dissertation in Physics Part 1Prerequisites: enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) and a completed major in Physics
S1, S2PHYS4002Dissertation in Physics Part 2Prerequisites: enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) and a completed major in Physics
S1, S2PHYS4003Dissertation in Physics Part 3Prerequisites: enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) and a completed major in Physics
S1, S2PHYS4004Dissertation in Physics Part 4Prerequisites: enrolment in the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) and a completed major in Physics
Astronomy and Astrophysics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1MATH4403Advanced Mathematics 1Prerequisites: a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics IPrerequisites: PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S2PHYS4417Special Topics in Physics IIIPrerequisites: PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S1PHYS4418Special Topics in AstrophysicsPrerequisites: completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or the Astronomy and Astrophysics major, or equivalent
Incompatibility: PHYS7441 Special Topics in Physics IV
S2PHYS5513Advanced Topics in AstrophysicsPrerequisites: PHYS4418 Special Topics in Astrophysics
S1SHPC4001Principles of Scientific ComputationPrerequisites: MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 (or equivalent); and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (or equivalent)
Computational Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
N/AGEOP4001Exploration SeismologyPrerequisites: PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers (or equivalent) and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (or equivalent)
S1MATH4403Advanced Mathematics 1Prerequisites: a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics IPrerequisites: PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S2PHYS4417Special Topics in Physics IIIPrerequisites: PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S1SHPC4001Principles of Scientific ComputationPrerequisites: MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1 (or equivalent); and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 (or equivalent)
S2SHPC4002High Performance ComputingPrerequisites: SHPC4001 Principles of Scientific Computation or equivalent
Incompatibility: CITS3402 High Performance Computing
Experimental Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1MATH4403Advanced Mathematics 1Prerequisites: a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)
S2MECH4424Measurement and NoisePrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: (MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2 or MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics or MATH2020 Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra) and (MECH1401 Engineering Dynamics or ENSC3001 Mechanisms and Machines) and (CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation or GENG2140 Modelling and Computer Analysis for Engineers)
Incompatibility: MCTX3420 Mechatronics Design
S1PHYS4020Special Topics in Experimental PhysicsPrerequisites: completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics IPrerequisites: PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S2PHYS4417Special Topics in Physics IIIPrerequisites: PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S2PHYS5020Advanced Topics in Experimental PhysicsPrerequisites: PHYS4020 Special Topics in Experimental Physics
Medical Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
N/AANHB5451Human Biology for Medical PhysicistsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Medical Physics (51630) or the Master of Physics (Medical Physics specialisation) (53560) or honours in Physics
S1MATH4403Advanced Mathematics 1Prerequisites: a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics IPrerequisites: PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S2PHYS4417Special Topics in Physics IIIPrerequisites: PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S2PHYS5403Radiotherapy PhysicsPrerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Physics (53560) or the Master of Medical Physics (51630) or Honours in Physics
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics IPrerequisites: enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
Theoretical Physics—take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:
AvailabilityUnit codeUnit name Unit rules
S1MATH4403Advanced Mathematics 1Prerequisites: a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)
S2MATH5540Advanced Mathematics 2Prerequisites: a major in Mathematics and Statistics from this University (or equivalent) or a major in Physics from this University (or equivalent)
S1PHYS4010Special Topics in Theoretical PhysicsPrerequisites: completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent
Co-requisites: MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
S1PHYS4415Special Topics in Physics IPrerequisites: PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S2PHYS4417Special Topics in Physics IIIPrerequisites: PHYS3001 Quantum Mechanics 2 and Atomic Physics and PHYS3002 Electrodynamics and Relativity (formerly Classical Mechanics and Electrodynamics) and PHYS3011 Mathematical Physics and PHYS3012 Frontiers in Modern Physics (formerly PHYS3012 Optics and Special Topics), or equivalent
S2PHYS5010Advanced Topics in Theoretical PhysicsPrerequisites: PHYS4010 Special Topics in Theoretical Physics, MATH4403 Advanced Mathematics 1 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics
Co-requisites: MATH5540 Advanced Mathematics 2 or enrolment in honours in Mathematics and Statistics