NAME OF COURSE/MODULE: SOLID STATE PHYSICS
COURSE CODE: SFG 3003
NAME(S) OF ACADEMIC STAFF: ASSOC PROF DR AZWANI SOFIA AHMAD KHIAR / DR AHMAD NAZRUL ROSLI
RATIONALE FOR THE INCLUSION OF THE COURSE/MODULE IN THE PROGRAMME: A basic understanding of solid state physics is important for practicing physicists in all areas of study, and for many other related disciplines as well. This course provides a basic understanding of what makes solids behave the way they do, how they are studied, and the basic interactions which are important. This course is provided as an elective for Physics majors, Applied Physics majors, and majors in other related disciplines.
SEMESTER AND YEAR OFFERED: SEM 5 / YEAR 3
TOTAL STUDENT LEARNING TIME (SLT) FACE TO FACE TOTAL GUIDED AND INDEPENDENT LEARNING
L = Lecture

T = Tutorial

P = Practical

O= Others

L

28

T

 

14

P

 

0

O

 

80

L + T + P + O = 122 HOURS

CREDIT VALUE: 2
PREREQUISITE (IF ANY): NONE
OBJECTIVES: 1.     Understand basic properties of solids

2.     Understand physical meanings and mathematical proofs of phenomena related to solids.

3.     Gain basic background in solid state physics and materials science for further studies.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course students should have the ability to:

1.     Identify lattice and basis for simple crystal structures and construct the reciprocal lattice for the three cubic lattices (LO1 – C3)

2.     demonstrate an understanding of the Fermi surface and how it is modified by the presence of a weak crystal potential (LO2 – P3)

3.     describe and make use of the relationship between bonding and electronic structure of semiconductors, metals and metal alloys (LO3 – CTPS5)

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS: Students should be able to develop problem solving skills through a process of lectures and tutorials.
TEACHING-LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT STRATEGY: Teaching-learning strategy:

  • The course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, assignments, group work, blended learning using authentic materials, informal activities and various textbooks.

Assessment strategy:

  • Formative
  • Summative
SYNOPSIS: This course will provide students with a working knowledge of solid state materials and the theories that describe them. The syllabus covers basic properties of solids, important classes of materials (such as metals, semiconductors, insulators, magnetic materials) and selected modern technologies and state-of-the art measurement methods.
MODE OF DELIVERY: Lecture, Group Work, Online assignment etc
ASSESSMENT METHODS AND TYPES:
A. Continuous Assessment (60%)
Category Percentage
·    Quiz/Tutorial

·    One Assignment Based on Aqli-Naqli Integration

·    Mid-Term Test

·    Class Dialogue

10%

20%

20%

10%

B. Final Examination (40%)
Examination 40 % ·         Structured and essay type questions
MAIN REFERENCES SUPPORTING THE COURSE 1.     Charles Kittel (2005). Introduction to Solid State Physics. 8th Edition. Wiley
ADDITIONAL REFERENCES SUPPORTING THE COURSE 1.     Prabir Kanti Basu, Hrishikesh Dhasmana (2009). Solid State Engineering Physics. CRC Press

2.     Hoffman, Philips (2008). Solid State Physics. Wiley-VCH

3.     G. Grosso and G. P. Parravicini (2000). Solid State Physics. Academic Press

4.     Blakemore (1985). Solid State Physics. 2nd Edition Cambridge University Press