Unit Set Information

Physics Major

Effective from 01-JAN-2017 : Code MAAAEF

Physics is the fundamental science that underpins research and development in Engineering and Technology. This major provides students with a thorough background in fundamental and advanced physics with a strong emphasis on scientific instrumentation, measurement and analytical skills. It is designed to meet industries' need for capable, dynamic and innovative graduates with well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills and a sound theoretical knowledge in physics. The major gives students a hands-on and practical understanding of physics with laboratory-based programs and projects included in all units to encourage practical learning.


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This Major can be studied in the following courses:

Special Admission Requirements

All applicants are required to have Physics ATAR, with equivalents considered, and have Mathematics: Methods ATAR, with equivalents considered.

Mode of Delivery

On Campus at Joondalup

Learning Outcomes

Related Careers

Physicist, Astronomer, Teacher, Lecturer, Professor, Researcher.

Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities go beyond positions with a specific description of Physicist. Additional employment opportunities include (but are not restricted to) science professionals in High Schools, teaching positions in High Schools and Universities, economic analysis positions in banks, analysts in the petrochemical industry, medical physicists in hospitals, etc.

Major Structure

Students are required to complete:

Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCP1111Physics of Motion15
SCP1112 *Waves and Electricity15
SCP2211 *Modern Physics15
SCP3319 *Physics Project15
Plus 3 units from:
ENS1162 ^Electrical Engineering 1A15
MAT1236 ^Calculus 115
ENM2104 ^Instrumentation and Measurement15
ENS2108 ^Mechanical Science15
SCP2343 ^Intermediate Physics15
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Plus 1 Level 3000 (or above) unit from the School of Science or School of Engineering, suitable units include:
SCP3318 *Advanced Physics15
ENS3190Mechanics of Solids15
MAT3486Multivariate Calculus15
ENS3180Finite Element Methods15
ENS3447Propagation and Antennas15

Notes: Students are advised to consult with the Physics Coordinator for the selection of the most appropriate Core Option and Recommended Elective units. Students considering undertaking Honours in Physics should consider taking additional physics, mathematics or engineering units as their electives in the Bachelor of Science course, in consultation with the Physics Coordinator.

^ Core Option
* Students will be assessed to see if they have achieved the ECU minimum standard of English language proficiency in this unit. Students who don't meet the minimum standard will be provided with appropriate English language support and development.

Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005)

For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Commonwealth 2005), inherent requirements for this subject are articulated in the Unit Description, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the support for students with disabilities or medical conditions can be found at the Student Equity, Diversity and Disability Service website.