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Sub-atomic Physics (PHYC30011)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codePHYC30011
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject provides an introduction to the unified picture of elementary particles and atomic nuclei - how the elementary quarks combine to form strongly interacting particles, and how two of these, the proton and neutron combine to form atomic nuclei; how quarks and their composites interact with the leptons and with each other; how we study these systems experimentally; and the exciting unanswered questions in this field of physics.

Topics covered will be selected from: quarks and leptons; strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions; symmetries and conservation laws; structure, models and properties of hadrons; structure, models and properties of nuclei; scattering and decay processes; accelerators; detectors; fission and fusion reactors; applications of nuclear and particle physics techniques; and other topics in sub-atomic physics of contemporary interest.

Intended learning outcomes

Students completing this subject should be able to:

  • explain the unified picture of quarks and leptons, hadrons, and atomic nuclei, and their basic properties and interactions; and

  • solve and analyse problems in these areas by applying simple quantum mechanical reasoning.

In addition, students should enhance their ability to plan effective work schedules and manage their time to meet the deadlines for submission of assessable work and prepare for tests and examinations.

Eligibility and requirements


Students must complete any prerequisite option


Option 1

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PHYC30018 Quantum Physics
Semester 1

Option 2

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PHYC20010 Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity
Year Long

plus one of

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PHYC20009 Thermal and Classical Physics
Semester 1
PHYC20011 Electromagnetism and Optics
Semester 2

Option 3

all three of

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PHYC20012 Quantum and Thermal Physics
Semester 1
PHYC20013 Laboratory and Computational Physics 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
PHYC20015 Special Relativity and Electromagnetism
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Test of 1 hour (5%) and two assignments equivalent to 1500 words each during the semester (7.5% each); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (80%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorElisabetta Barberio
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours2 to 4 hours per week, 36 in total, lectures and problem-solving classes
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

Estimated total time commitment of 170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    B R Martin, Nuclear and Particle Physics: An Introduction, Wiley.

  • Subject notes

    This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 15 February 2019