• Class Number 8854
  • Term Code 3060
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Cormac Corr
    • Dr Angela White
    • AsPr Cormac Corr
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 27/07/2020
  • Class End Date 30/10/2020
  • Census Date 31/08/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
SELT Survey Results

This core physics course deals with classical electromagnetism. This course includes considerations of: electrostatic fields in free space and in dielectrics; magnetic fields due to steady and varying currents; electromagnetic induction; magnetic materials; Maxwell's equations and the propagation of electromagnetic waves; dipole radiation; waveguides. The course includes a lab component as part of the combined second year lab program.

Honours Pathway Option

This course is offered as an advanced option. Students taking this option will be required to complete alternative assignment options comprising 15% of the total assessment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. describe and understand the basic concepts underpinning electricity and magnetism such as potential and field.

2. understand the relationship between electric and magnetic fields.

3. calculate the electrostatic and magnetic fields produced by static and moving charges in a variety of simple configurations.

4. see how the theory describing electricity and magnetism relates to areas in physics such as gravitation, fluids, thermal physics  and quantum mechanics.

5. identify and apply appropriate theoretical techniques to solve a range of different problems in electromagnetism.

6. apply those theoretical techniques to solve problems in any context underpinned by coupled linear differential equations.

7. design, set up, and carry out experiments; analyse data recognising and accounting for errors; and compare with theoretical predictions.

DJ Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • office hours by appointment to answer any questions and discuss the course
  • graded assignments and reports with feedback via Wattle

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

The dates reflected in the assessment summary are the date range of the week that the first assignments are due. For examinations; the dates reflect the examination period. Specific assignment dates will be published on the PHYS2016 Wattle page. For examinations please also refer to the examinations timetable.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Weeks 1-12 Four x 3 hour Practicals , 1 x 1 hour drop-in and 1 x 2 hour workshop per week Weekly Assignments: Submit assignments online via Wattle. Lectures are online on EdX; study the lecture videos and complete the lecture questions Prepare for the workshop assessment Attend the weekly workshop

Tutorial Registration

You will need to undertake four afternoons of lab for PHYS2016. Please refer to the Second Year Lab Semester 2 wattle site for more details when it becomes available.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Final Examination 25 % 05/11/2020 03/12/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6
Midterm Examination 25 % 31/08/2020 25/09/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6
Weekly Assignments 15 % 27/07/2020 30/10/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6
Online questions 5 % 27/07/2020 30/10/2020 1,2,3,4,5,6
Mini quizzes 10 % * * 1,2,3,4,5,6
Lab 20 % 29/07/2019 30/10/2020 7

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


The weekly workshop is compulsory. Students that miss two workshops without prior agreement from the lecturer or a medical certificate will be unable to pass the course


The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 05/11/2020
Return of Assessment: 03/12/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Final Examination

Please refer to the Examination timetable for exam scheduling.

Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the mid semester exam.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 31/08/2020
Return of Assessment: 25/09/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Midterm Examination

Please refer to the Examination timetable for exam scheduling

The date range is an general indication of when the mid-semester exam will be held. Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the end of semester exam.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 27/07/2020
Return of Assessment: 30/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Weekly Assignments

Assignments are due every week, to be submitted via Wattle. No marks will be given for late assignments as solutions will be posted on the submission day.

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. The date range for this task comprises the start and end of the semester.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 27/07/2020
Return of Assessment: 30/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Online questions

Online questions are due every week online via Edx

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. The date range for this task comprises the start and end of the semester.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Mini quizzes

Four mini exams will take place in week 3, 5, 9 and 11. These exams will be based on the weekly assignments

Due: check course Wattle site for specific dates

Returned: within 1 week from the exam

There are 4 mini quizzes due during the session. It is intended that the mini quizzes will be returned within 1 week after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.

Assessment Task 6

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 29/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/10/2020
Learning Outcomes: 7


Weekly logbooks weeks 1-12 and 2 reports

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. The date range for this task comprises the start and end of the semester.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted for assignments. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted for lab reports. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Cormac Corr

Research Interests

Technological plasmas

  • Plasma processing 
  • Plasma Instabilities
  • Electronegative plasmas
  • Plasma-surface interactions
  • Ion sources
  • Plasma modeling

Magnetised plasmas

  • Fusion plasmas
  • Plasma-surface interactions
  • High-beta plasma
  • Alfven waves
  • Drift waves

Plasma diagnostics

  • Optical emission spectroscopy
  • Probes
  • laser based

AsPr Cormac Corr

Dr Angela White

Research Interests

Dr Angela White

AsPr Cormac Corr

Research Interests

AsPr Cormac Corr

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