|Semester 2, 2021 External|
|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Sciences|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|ASCED code :||010301 - Physics|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||14 April 2021|
Examiner: Carolyn Brown
Pre-requisite: PHY1104 and PHY1911
It is recommended that students first complete 2nd level physics courses prior to study. It is assumed that students will have mathematical skills that are equivalent to MAT2100 Algebra and Calculus II.
Scientists working in many areas depend on imaging systems for their basic data, and optical phenomena have, in recent years, formed the foundation of new industries. Optoelectronics has become a major industry, therefore scientists, educators and other professionals need to have an understanding of waves and photons in context of modern technologies. This course will examine classical and quantum optics, both theoretically and experimentally, in the wider discipline of physics.
This course will explore classical optical physics in depth, including geometrical optics, optical instrumentation (such as telescopes), interference and diffraction along with classical electromagnetic theory, and other topics such as wave behaviour (polarization, dispersion, lasers, coherence, Fourier Optics). The quantum nature of light will also be explored in the context of quantum mechanics, detectors and optical fibres. This course contains a highly recommended residential school (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Discuss key fundamental concepts in classical and quantum optics
- Understand the conceptual basis of quantum optics in modern technology
- Solve problems in classical and quantum optics
- Conduct and interpret experiments in classical and quantum optics
|5.||Electromagnetic Theory in Optics||7.00|
|6.||Behaviour of Light||7.00|
|7.||Lasers and Detectors||7.00|
Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed
ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2021&sem=02&subject1=PHY3304)
Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)
(ISBN 9780199584611(Hardcover) or 9780199584604 (Paperback).)
Introductory/Study Book for PHY3304 Photonics, (USQ Publications: Toowoomba).
Student workload expectations
|Description||Marks out of||Wtg (%)||Due Date||Notes|
|Laboratory||100||10||13 Jul 2021||(see note 1)|
|Progress Report||100||10||02 Sep 2021|
|Assignment||100||20||21 Sep 2021|
|Final Report||100||10||14 Oct 2021||(see note 2)|
|Restricted Examination||50||50||End S2||(see note 3)|
- The Laboratory will be completed during the residential school. The dates and location of the highly recommended residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (http://www.usq.edu.au/handbook/current/resschoolsched.html). Refer to the study schedule for submission requirements.
- To complete the Report assessment item, students must attend the 4 day highly recommended residential school. The dates and location of the highly recommended residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (http://www.usq.edu.au/handbook/current/resschoolsched.html).
- This will be a restricted examination. The total working time for this examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.
Important assessment information
Students are highly recommended to attend the residential school as the residential school is linked to an assessment item or element of assessment preparation. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as residential schools, lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.
Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
To complete each assessment item satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for that assignment. To complete the laboratory and final report, it is highly recommended that students attend the 4 day residential school.
Penalties for late submission of required work:
Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)
Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.
Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.
To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).
Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.
Candidates are allowed access only to specific materials during a Restricted Examination. The only materials that candidates may use in the restricted examination for this course are: writing materials (non-electronic and free from material which could give the student an unfair advantage in the examination); calculators which cannot hold textual information (students must indicate on their examination paper the make and model of any calculator(s) they use during the examination).
Students whose first language is not English, may, take an appropriate unmarked nonelectronic translation dictionary (but not technical dictionary) into the examination.
Dictionaries with any handwritten notes will not be permitted. Translation dictionaries will be subject to perusal and may be removed from the candidate's possession until appropriate disciplinary action is completed if found to contain material that could give the candidate an unfair advantage.
Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.
University Student Policies:
Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.
Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing
As part of the highly recommended residential school, students may be expected to complete a combination of laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.