NAME OF COURSE/MODULE: MODERN PHYSICS
COURSE CODE: SFG1013
NAME(S) OF ACADEMIC STAFF: ASSOC PROF DR AZWANI SOFIA AHMAD KHIAR
RATIONALE FOR THE INCLUSION OF THE COURSE/MODULE IN THE PROGRAMME: This subject sets the foundation (mainly mathematical) for the upper-level courses. Many of the concepts introduced in this course will be encountered again (& expanded upon) in later courses in Quantum Mechanics, Electricity & Magnetism, Classical Mechanics, Optics etc.
SEMESTER AND YEAR OFFERED: SEM 1/ / YEAR 1
TOTAL STUDENT LEARNING TIME (SLT) FACE TO FACE TOTAL GUIDED AND INDEPENDENT LEARNING

L = Lecture

T = Tutorial

P = Practical

O= Others

L

28

T

 

0

P

 

15

O

 

77

L + T + P + O = 120 HOURS

CREDIT VALUE: 3
PREREQUISITE (IF ANY): None
OBJECTIVES: 1.  To provide an introduction to the principles and mathematical implementation of two revolutionary developments of the 20th Century – Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.

2.  To provide students an introduction to these fundamental concepts, and a thorough grounding in the mathematical techniques, required in future courses.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 

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

1.     Apply the concept and principles of elementary quantum physics to solve related quantitative problems (C3 – LO1)

2.     Observe, perform and evaluate results of laboratory investigation as well as write meaningful reports to communicate quantitative information of experiments related to elementary quantum physics (P3 – LO2)

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 introduces students to some fundamental topics in modern physics such as relativity, atomic physics, quantum mechanics and nuclear physics. It will provide a simple and clear explanation of physical concepts and principles of these topics through a broad range of examples using either quantitative or qualitative approach.
MODE OF DELIVERY: Lecture, Lab Practical, Group Work, Online assignment etc
ASSESSMENT METHODS AND TYPES:
A. Continuous Assessment (60%)
Category Percentage
·    Quiz/Tutorial/Assignment

·    Mid-Term Test

·    Lab Assessment and reports

10 %

20%

30%

B. Final Examination (40%)
Examination 40 % ·         Structured and essay type questions
MAIN REFERENCES SUPPORTING THE COURSE 1.     Harris, R. (2007). Modern Physics. 2nd Edition. Pearson Addition Wesley.

2.     Beiser, A. (2003). Concepts of Modern Physics. 6th Edition. Mcgraw Hill.

3.     Taylor, J., et al. (2004). Modern Physics for Scientist and Engineers. 3rd Edition. Benjamin Cummings.

4.     Young, D., et al. (2004). Sears and Zemansky University Physics with Modern Physics. 11th Edition. Pearson Addison Wesley.

5.     Krane, K. (1996). Modern Physics. 2nd Edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

ADDITIONAL REFERENCES SUPPORTING THE COURSE NIL