Physics (PYS1)

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This program provides a positive experience of physics and encourages students to foster and maintain an intellectual curiosity in the discipline. We encourage/educate our students to become active, lifelong and autonomous learners with good prospects of employment in economic sectors requiring analytical skills or for further study of the subject. Our students will become well grounded in the fundamentals of physics with an appreciation of more specialised knowledge and the current frontiers of research. Our learning environment emphasises laboratory work at all stages, combining in-class, project and problem-solving work including data analysis and programming. Our students will be imbued with professional values including scientific integrity and ethical behaviour, and the ability to communicate complex information effectively. Assessment is based on individual work, group work, work in the laboratory, project work including student presentation and written report.



 


1 - On successful completion of the programme, students will have acquired a good understanding of the core of physics (as defined by the Institue of Physics degree accreditation document), and students will appreciate the current boundaries of scientific knowledge.
2 - Students will be able to tackle problems in physics and formulate an appropriate solution
3 - Students will be able to use mathematics to describe the physical world
4 - Students will be able to plan, execute and report the results of an experiment or investigation
5 - Students will be able to compare results critically with predictions from theory
6 - Students will have acquired communications skills
7 - Students will have acquired analytical skills
8 - Students will have acquired IT skills
9 - Students will have acquired personal skills, the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, interact constructively with other people, and show leadership in their area of expertise.
10 - Students will have acquired ethical behaviour, including critical thinking, understanding of arguments and consequences, and scientific integrity
11 - Students will be flexible, able to adapt and contribute to the experimental aspects in any research and development team.
Approved Additional Standards for Continuation in undergraduate degree programmes in Science (all majors):

Students who return failing grades in a semester amounting to 15 credits, or more, will be identified under the UCD Continuation and Readmission Policy. Students whose rate of progression and performance over two academic sessions (2 years) is deemed unacceptable will be referred to the Academic Council Committee on Student Conduct and Capacity for exclusion from the programme.

As Stages 3 and 4 have the most dynamic components of the programme, and the material studied previously may no longer be relevant, a student who has been away from the programme for a significant period should be required to register again to Stage 3. The upper limit for completion of Stages 3 and 4 should be six years, if they choose to do 120 credits with 20 in each year.
Stage 3

Students take six core modules. Overall, 50 programme credits must be completed in Stage 3. Additional modules can be selected from the BSc programme or alternatively, students may select 10 credits from elective modules.

Stage 4

Students take five core modules (40 credits) and four option modules (20 credits). If not taken in Stage 3, students MUST TAKE PHYC30090 in Stage 4. PHYC30090 will count as one of four required option modules.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 3 Core Modules
     
PHYC30300 Advanced Laboratory I 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

20

PHYC20100 Thermo & Stat Physics Autumn

5

PHYC30020 Classical Mechanics and Relativity Autumn

5

PHYC30030 Quantum Mechanics Autumn

5

PHYC30070 Electromagnetism Spring

5

PHYC30080 Optics & Lasers Spring

5

Stage 3 Core Modules
     
Stage 3 Options - A)MIN1OF:
If not taken in Stage 2, students must take ACM 20030. Otherwise, PHYC 30090 must be taken.
     
ACM20030 Computational Science Autumn

5

PHYC30090 Nuclear Physics Spring

5

Stage 3 Options - A)MIN1OF:
If not taken in Stage 2, students must take ACM 20030. Otherwise, PHYC 30090 must be taken.
     
Stage 3 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Option modules
     
ACM30220 Partial Differential Equations Autumn

5

PHYC30100 Stellar Astrophysics & Astronomical Techniques Autumn

5

STAT20070 Data Modelling for Science Autumn

5

Stage 3 Options - B)MIN0OF:
Option modules
     
Stage 4 Core Modules
     
PHYC40970 Advanced Laboratory II (15) 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr)

15

PHYC30050 Condensed Matter Physics Autumn

5

PHYC40020 Applied Quantum Mechanics Autumn

5

PHYC40080 High Energy Particle Physics Autumn

5

PHYC40960 Physics Project Spring

10

Stage 4 Core Modules
     
Stage 4 Options - A)MIN0OF:
If not taken in Stage 3, students MUST TAKE PHYC30090 in Stage 4.
     
PHYC30090 Nuclear Physics Spring

5

Stage 4 Options - A)MIN0OF:
If not taken in Stage 3, students MUST TAKE PHYC30090 in Stage 4.
     
Stage 4 Options - B)MIN3OF:
Students should select 4 Option modules from the list below. Students who are required to register to the Programme Core PHYC30090 should only register to 3 modules from this list.
     
ACM40090 Differential Geometry and Topology in Physics Autumn

5

PHYC30100 Stellar Astrophysics & Astronomical Techniques Autumn

5

PHYC40120 General Relativity & Cosmology Autumn

5

PHYC40470 Computational Biophysics and Nanoscale Simulations Autumn

5

PHYC40930 Ultrafast Soft X-ray Photonics Autumn

5

ACM30200 Mathematical Fluid Dynamics Spring

5

ACM40750 Gen Relativity & Black Holes Spring

5

PHYC40030 Galaxies, Observational Cosmology & the Interstellar Medium Spring

5

PHYC40110 Medical Physics (Selected Topics) Spring

5

PHYC40200 Quantum Theory of Condensed Matter Spring

5

PHYC40210 Applied Optics Spring

5

PHYC40360 Theoretical Astrophysics Spring

5

PHYC40650 Advanced Statistical Physics Spring

5

PHYC40800 Quantum Field Theory Spring

5


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