Courses & Units

Advanced Electromagnetism KYA320

Required for students majoring in Physics.


The objective of this unit is to provide a thorough grounding in electromagnetism (38 lectures) and to appreciate the mathematical framework through which quantitative problems in these areas can be solved. In addition, in the laboratory course you will learn the basics of computational physics, although this will be a broad introduction, some of the specific exercises/problems you will look at will relate directly to the electromagnetism covered in the lectures.
Applications of physical principles in daily life and technology form a key part of the learning activities in the unit. Students are encouraged to develop their conceptual thinking ability, and to practice approximating real situations by simpler physical/mathematical models.


Unit name Advanced Electromagnetism
Unit code KYA320
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Coordinator Doctor Ross Turner
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply physical principles associated with electromagnetism and electromagnetic radiation in a broad range of contexts
  • Communicate discipline knowledge to peers and non-expert audiences
  • Evaluate different theories for physical phenomena and demonstrate how they can be used to solve specific problems.
  • Explain the role of physics in a broad range of contexts, disciplines and situations.
  • Recognise that applications of physics may have important social & ethical implications.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010301 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,978.00

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KYA211 Waves and Kinetic Theory AND KYA212 Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics AND (KMA252 Calculus and Applications 2 OR KME271 Engineering Mathematics)


Teaching Pattern

2 x 1 hour workshops each week which discuss questions arising from online video content and provide an opportunity to practice problem solving.

Approximately 36 hours to undertake, analyse and write-up an experiment with limited supervision and guidance provided.  This work is undertaken at times which suit the student.

Approximately 6 hours per assignment to undertake the problem solving work required for each of the 6 assignments over the semester

AssessmentAssignments (10%)|Labs (25%)|Mid-Semester Test (25%)|Examination (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



Will be provided via MyLO


Introduction to Electrodynamics 4th Edition, David J. Griffiths (ISBN-13: 978-1108420419)

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