- Class Number 8558
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Rob Elliman
- Dr Matt Thompson
- AsPr Patrick Kluth
- Prof Rob Elliman
- 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
New materials enable new technologies and many practicing physicists in academia and industry work in this fundamental area of physics. This course aims to establish fundamental concepts in condensed matter physics, and applies the physics you have learned previously (in particular quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, electromagnetism and statistical mechanics) to these real-world materials. The structure and properties of solids including thermal and electrical properties are described in lectures. The electron theory of solids is developed and applied to explain the physical properties of metals, semiconductors, dielectrics and superconductors.
Students will practice solving theoretical problems in condensed matter physics in tutorials and further develop their understanding of the topics by completing the assignments and a major project in a topic related to condensed matter physics.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Appraise the significance and value of condensed matter physics;
- Critically analyse and evaluate experimental strategies, and decide which is most appropriate for answering specific questions;
- Research and communicate scientific knowledge in the context of a topic related to condensed matter physics, in either a technical or non-specialist format;
- Apply key analysis techniques to typical problems encountered in the field;
- Gain and apply discipline-specific knowledge, including self-directed research into the scientific literature.
Simon, Oxford Solid State Basics, Ibach and Luth,
Solid State Physics, Springer Philip Hofmann,
Solid State Physics, Wiley-VCH
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Weeks 1-4 Bonding, crystallography, defects, diffraction Reciprocal lattice and scattering Crystal dynamics, phonons, thermal properties||Lecture based quizzes Two assignments|
|2||Weeks 5-8 Electrical transport properties, electrons in solids, band structure and the distinction between metals, semiconductors and insulators.||Lecture based quizzes Two assignments|
|3||Weeks 9-11 Semiconductors, Magnetism, Superconductivity||Lecture based quizzes Two assignments|
|4||Week 12 Revision Lectures|
Sign up for labs via PHYS6032 Wattle page, labs commence in week 2.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
* 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:
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.
Students are expected to attend lectures and tutorials, and contribute to discussion. When this is not possible students are expected to listen to the audio recording(s) of all lectures. The tutorials will include problem solving and peer learning and aim to enhance the understanding of the lecture content and associated concepts.
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
Learning Outcomes: 1-5
Short quizzes will be held during selected lectures . These will be used to test the understanding of key concepts and provide regular feedback.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1-5
Six assignments. These will reinforce the lecture material and provide feedback on the understanding. No submissions will be accepted after solutions are posted on Wattle.
Marked assignments will be returned as soon as possible to assist with learning. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1-5
The main assessment for the course will be a final exam. Note that it is a requirement that you must pass the exam to pass the course. Please refer to the Examination timetable and/or PHYS6032 Wattle page for exam scheduling.
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.
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.
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.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission permitted. 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.
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.
Resubmission of Assignments
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.
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- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
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Memristive switching in transition metal oxides for nonvolatile memory and neuromorphic computing; ion beam modification of materials, including defect engineering in 2D materials; materials physics for next generation devices.
Electron microscopy characterisation of nanowires and semiconductor heterostructures
Prof Rob Elliman
Dr Matt Thompson
AsPr Patrick Kluth