Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Physics

AIMS

One of the most important concepts in physics is that, behind the apparent complexity of the world around us, nature has an underlying simplicity and unity which can be expressed in terms of all-embracing fundamental principles and laws. As well as being concerned with such fundamental questions, physics is a widely applicable subject and forms the basis of much of modern and, more importantly, future technologies. Moreover, the distinction between certain traditional branches of other disciplines and physics is rapidly fading out, resulting in an increasing number of employment opportunities in technical areas requiring expertise at the interface of physics and these disciplines.

Our Bachelor of Science Honours Degree Programme has been developed to provide a solid grounding in physics as a fundamental discipline while providing a secure foundation to a wide range of careers. To enhance accessibility to the various existing and probable future career opportunities, apart from modules in core areas of physics, we also offer a variety of electives in applied and theoretical areas of physics as well as in other optional scientific disciplines.

Overall, our programme combines the study of a fundamental discipline with the opportunity to develop skills in experimental and theoretical methods of problem solving.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
Successful graduates of this programme should be able to:
Demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills in a variety of scientific disciplines

Pursue their areas of specialisation through further studies, or research at postgraduate level, both locally and internationally.

Demonstrate ability to apply knowledge ethically and in a collaborative manner so as to meet professional expectations.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
Careers for our graduates include Mineral Exploration scientists, Groundwater Exploration scientists, Industrial Software/Hardware specialists, Process Control/Automation specialists, Environmental Protection specialists. Depending on their specific interests and aptitudes, our graduates may opt for traditional careers like teaching or for jobs in technical areas of research and development in industry, laboratories and universities.

Employment Opportunities
Job opportunities for our students prevail in:

  • The science teaching field
  • Banking sector
  • Civil service
  • Insurance companies
  • Manufacturing industry
  • Meteorological sector
  • Agriculture
  • Statistics
  • Research and consultancy firms
  • Mining sector

Entry Requirements:
All applicants have to meet  the following minimum requirements for admission prescribed under the general regulations (i.e.):

  • Have obtained at least 5 O’ level subject at Grade (C) or better including English Language and Mathematics;
  • Must have obtained “A” level passes or their recognized equivalents in Physics and Mathematics
    Structure of the Programme

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME

  • The BSc Honours Degree in Physics shall extend over a period of four years of full time study, each year comprising two semesters.
  • Taught courses shall be offered during the first two years and the final year of study while the third academic year shall be reserved for Industrial Attachment.
  • The BSc Honours Degree in Physics has three options or areas of specialisation and these are: Computer Technology, Electronics and Environmental Physics and Energy Sources
  • Students shall all do common courses in Parts I and II and specialise in Part IV.

Courses

CodeDescriptionCorePre-reqCredits
Part I Semester I   
PH101Mechanics And OscillationsY 4
MT101Calculus I  4
CS101Introduction To Computer ScienceY 4
CS102Introduction to Computer programmingY 4
PH102Thermal Physics And Wave Motion  4
PC103Communication SkillsY 4
     
Part I Semester  II   
HS102Health EducationY 4
CS111Operating Systems ConceptsY 4
MT102Linear Mathematics IY 4
PH103Electricity And Magnetism  4
PH104Optics And Modern Physics  4
PC108Citizenship Education And Conflict TransformationY 4
     
Part II Semester I   
PH206Electronics I PH1034
HPH210Electrical MachinesY 4
CS212Data Communications and Networking  4
CS213Data structures and Algorithms CS1014
BS422EntrepreneurshipY 4
PH205Vector Methods And ElectromagnetismYPH1034
     
Part II Semester II   
HPH212Electric And Electronic CircuitsY 4
CS214Introduction to Computer ProgrammingYCS1014
PC102Research Methods And Statistics  4
PH301Thermodynamics PH1024
PH211Laser Technology  4
PH306Electronics IIYPH2064
     
Part III   
HPH300Industrial AttachmentY 40
     
Part IV Semester I   
    
Option A: Computer Technology   
CodeDescriptionCorePre-reqCredits
HPH400Computing On The Net  4
HPH401Computer Network Administration  4
HPH402Computing In Physics  4
HPH403Network Design And ManagementY 4
HPH404Signal And Image ProcessingY 4
HPH405Data Bases And Data MiningY 4
    
Option B: Environmental Physics And Energy Sources   
CodeDescriptionCorePre-reqCredits
HPH420Conventional And Renewable Energy ResourcesY 4
HPH421Atmospheric PhysicsY 4
HPH422Energy Policy and Economics  4
HPH423Modeling Of Environmental And Energy Processes  4
HPH424Greenhouse Accounting And Life Cycle Assessment  4
HPH425Climate Change: Science, Economics And PolicyY 4
     
Option C: Electronics   
CodeDescriptionCorePre-reqCredits
HPH440Semiconductor DevicesY 4
HPH441Optoelectronics  4
HPH442Laser Technology  4
HPH443Fibre OpticsY 4
HPH444Optical Fibre Communications  4
HPH445Electronics  And CommunicationsY 4
     
Part IV Semester II   
Option A: Computer Technology   
CodeNarrationCorePre Req.Credits
HPH406Network Security  4
HPH407Computer Software EngineeringY 4
HPH408Computer Hardware EngineeringY 4
HPH409Microprocessor And Microcontroller Systems  4
HPH410Data Bases And Data Mining  4
     
Option B: Environmental Physics And Energy Sources   
CodeNarrationCorePre Req.Credits
HPH426Solid And Hazardous Waste ManagementY 4
HPH427GeophysicsY 4
HPH428Physics Of Pollution  4
HPH429Energy For Sustainable Development  4
HPH430Air Quality Management  4
     
Option C: Electronics   
CodeNarrationCorePre Req.Credits
HPH446Advanced Electronic SystemsY 4
HPH447MicroprocessorsY 4
HPH448Digital Communication Systems  4
HPH449RF And Microwave Engineering  4
HPH404Signal And Image Processing  4
HPH451Mobile, Wireless And Sensor Networks  4
HPH452Industrial Electronics And Automation  4
     
Part IV Semester II   
HPH370Research ProjectY 12