Applied Physics

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Applied Physics

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PHYS 115 or ENGR 142 and one of (PHYS 114, 122, 131)

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course introduces students to a number of topics in applied physics, including the acquisition of experimental data, data analysis techniques and the oral and written presentation of research results

    Course content
    The central aim of this course is to develop your ability to apply physics to real-world problems similar to ones you might encounter in industry or in a research laboratory. We will learn about design of experiments, electronics, computer interfacing, data analysis, and effective presentation of results. This is very much a hands-on course: laboratory and project work are emphasised.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course will be able to:

    • Demonstrate understanding of instrumentation and experiment design in physics.
    • Understand the principles of scientific computing including the acquisition of experimental data and the interfacing of simple instruments in a high-level programming environment.
    • Demonstrate the fundamentals of data analysis using statistical techniques with hands-on experience using MATLAB and/or equivalent software.
    • Demonstrate practical ability in the above three areas and be able to use this to design, carry out, and analyse an appropriate experimental investigation.
    • Communicate technical results effectively both orally and in written form.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.