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Unit Overview


Physical sciences tackle challenges at all scales in the universe: from identification of distant galaxies and gravitational waves, to medical image analysis for patients, to prediction of ocean waves for offshore structures, to understanding the quantum world. The main objectives of this unit are to introduce students to the state-of-the-art development in the application of advanced computational methods to solve data-intensive physics problems. Students will gain hands-on experience in implementing these methods, and they will also learn to solve physics problem by using high-level programming language, open source software, and public datasets.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) build algorithms to model and predict complex physical phenomena and processes; (2) apply data-driven computation approach to analyse, visualise, discover, and interpret patterns from data; (3) demonstrate data analytical skills to quantitatively identify signals from noise; and (4) communicate data science methods and results with clarity and impact.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) oral presentation; and (3) final project report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Jingbo Wang
Unit rules
Enrolment in in the
HON-GEOPH Geophysics [Honours]
or the HON-PHYSC Physics [Honours]
completion of the core units in the Physics major or equivalent
CITS3402 High Performance Computing
and CITS5507 High Performance Computing
and PHYS4022 Advanced Quantum Computing
Advisable prior study
Programming in Python, Fortran,
or C
Contact hours
lectures: 3 x 45 minutes per week
Practical Classes: 1 x 45 minutes per week
SHPC4002 will be replaced by PHYS4022 Advanced Quantum Computing from 2022.
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