Continuation of PHYS 541. Study of topics from Advanced Optics, Astronomy, Biophysics, Digital Electronics, Nuclear/Particle Physics, or Solid State Physics, plus conduction of a physics experiment, including a written paper and an oral presentation.
In PHYS 542 students will perform the experiment they designed in PHYS 541. This will include a write-up of a scientific paper and an oral presentation. Students will also study in-depth two topics from advanced experimental physics.
See also the comments made for PHYS 541.
In addition, (in both 541 and 542), please revise the percentages to give the range of percentagse for each score:
A : 90-100
B+: 85 - 90
Learning outcomes appear to have been adjusted as per request, and ranges of grades are now specified for this course.
Although your attendance is NOT required at the C&C meeting, we would like you to make the following adjustments to your syllabus:
The graduate student learning outcomes does not make sense.
The alterantive assignments to graduate students is not clearly described.
Please return the correction by January 27 at 1pm in order for it to be considered at the next Faculty Senate Meeting.
KC Kirasic, Chair
Faculty Senate Committee on Curricula & Courses
Graduate course differentiation is clearer now.
Two concerns were raised.
First - the wording of the Graduate Learning Outcome. This can be fixed just by removing it from the proposal.
Second – there still was an issue with the explanation of differential work expected of graduate students. Suggested text
For the grading rubric, I'd revise
"Homework: Graduate student homework will include additional, harder, problems. The problems will be either more mathematically demanding or require higher level thinking, e.g. extend classical results by considering the first order quantum corrections, relate the optical theories studied in class to other systems not discussed in class."
"Evaluation: Graduate student homework will include additional, harder, problems. The problems will be either more mathematically demanding or require higher level thinking. In their experiments, presentations, and reports, graduate students will be expected to complete all of the requirements of undergraduates while also explaining how their research contributes to existing scholarship in physics and synthesizing their findings with other insights from across the discipline."
With those changes it should be acceptable.
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We are moving your proposal forward to the Faculty Senate. It is recommended someone from the department attend the next Faculty Senate meeting in case there are questions from the floor regarding your proposal.
We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
John Gerdes, Chair
Faculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses