Minor Overview

About this minor

Our world is on the cusp of a new era of life-changing technologies based on quantum and space science. Quantum computers, quantum encryption, and the rapidly expanding sphere of private and commercial access to space are prime examples. To harness the potential of these emerging technologies, leaders in all areas will require a fundamental understanding of the science behind these technologies, together with a set of STEM skills that allows them to effectively communicate with scientists and technologists, to make informed judgements, and to envision the future. This minor provides future leaders with that understanding and skill-set.

Outcomes
Students are able to (1) discuss quantum science, relativity and space science using correct understanding and terminology; (2) apply critical thinking skills in a range of physical situations; (3) apply problem identification, exploration and solution skills in physical situations; (4) apply appropriate mathematical techniques to the expression and communication of physical concepts; (5) distinguish scientifically-plausible reporting of physics and related technologies from unsound reports.; and (6) explore the challenges and rewards of space exploration and colonisation..

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; N/A = not available in 2022

Note:Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2023 or 2024.

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 PHYS1021 Applied Physics A
Prerequisites:
( Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals )
or
( Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods )
or
( Mathematics Specialist ATAR
or
MATH1722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist )
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
PHYS1001 Physics for Scientists and Engineers
or
PHYS1002 Modern Physics
or
PHYS1100 Classical and Frontier Physics
or
PHYS1200 Modern and Frontier Physics
S1 SCIE1121 Our Universe
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
N/A PHYS2004 Quantum and Relativity
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of PHYS1021 Applied Physics A
or
equivalent
Co-requisites:
Nil
N/A SCIE2212 Our Place in Space
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of 24 points of prior study.
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
SCIE1122 Our Solar System