Courses & Units

Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics KYA612



Successful completion of this unit supports your development of Physics core knowledge and skills. Through the development of this knowledge and skills you will have the necessary physics content and understanding of the nature of Science for contributing to your development as a Science teacher.

KYA212 is a course in fundamental and applied physics. We cover a wide range of topics in physics at the second year level, with an emphasis on how to use those concepts for practical applications of all kinds. We will be particularly interested in connections with engineering and astrophysics. Some learning objectives for this unit include:

  • To understand the basic concepts, principles and models of physics.
  • To gain skills in experimentation, and experience of the physical world.
  • To use that understanding and experience to analyse situations of interest and to solve problems.

Attendance of practical sessions is compulsory for this unit. Taken as weekly sessions for on-campus enrolment or intensive block session for off-campus enrolment.


Unit name Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics
Unit code KYA612
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics

Prof John Dickey

Teaching staff

Stas Shabala, Steve Walters, Warren Hankey, David Hughes, Jesse Swan

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 15/7/2019 9/8/2019 2/9/2019 20/10/2019

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Describe Maxwell’s equations of electromagnetism and the laws of thermodynamics using appropriate mathematical notation, including the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the assumptions and limitations of the underlying theoretical framework. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
2. Formulate physical problems in the areas of thermodynamics and electromagnetism and apply mathematical techniques to solve them. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
3. Critically review the strengths and limitations of classical thermodynamics and electromagnetism. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
4. Analyse and interpret experimental results to identify evidence for and against physics hypotheses. (Assessed by AT 2)
5. Report scientific information to colleagues and lay audiences using oral, written, numerical and graphic communication. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
6. Critically reflect upon the multiple perspectives and constraints of teaching and learning of Chemistry/Physics, relating to learner needs and changing educational contexts. (Assessed by AT 5)*

*This ILO is specific to KYA612.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 2019: $2,610.00 010301

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.



(KYA501 and KYA502) and (KMA552 and KMA554)

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KYA212 and KYA375


Teaching Pattern

3 x 50 minute lectures weekly, 1 x 50 minute tutorial weekly and 1 x 3-hour practical weekly


Assessment Task 1: Assignments: 14%
Assessment Task 2: Laboratory Reports: 21%
Assessment Task 3: Tests: 20%
Assessment Task 4: Final Exam: 45% 
Assessment Task 5: Portfolio Entry: 10%

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