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DEGREE IN PHYSICS

Code:
 C057

Credits:
 240
 
Publication date:
 01/01/3000

Title:
 Undergraduate 3-5 years (ECTS)
 
Fee:
 19,30
 1st-registration credits
 

FIELD OF STUDY

Sciences

SYLLABUS

DEGREE IN PHYSICS

TYPE OF EDUCATION

Face-to-face

LANGUAGE / S THAT IS OFFERED

Valencian
Spanish

CENTRES WHERE IT IS TAUGHT

Faculty of Science

PROGRAMME JOINTLY SHARED WITH

Only taught at this university

EXAMINATION DATES

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SYLLABUS OFFERED

 

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FIRST YEAR
SECOND YEAR
6 credits
 
Year
Title
Credits
Subject
54 credits
 
 
THIRD YEAR
FOURTH YEAR
30 credits
 
Year
Title
Credits
Subject
24 credits
 
6 credits
 
Year
Title
Credits
Subject
4
END OF DEGREE WORK
6
 
 
 
 
 
Once this block is approved, you get
DEGREE IN PHYSICS

COMPETENCES


General Competences (CG)

  • CG1:Develop the capacity for analysis, synthesis and critical reasoning.
  • CG2:Show the capacity for effective and efficient management/direction: entrepreneurial spirit, initiative, creativity, organisation, planning, control, decision making and negotiation.
  • CG3:Solve problems effectively.
  • CG4:Show capacity for team work.
  • CG5:Commitment to ethics and social responsibility as a citizen and as a professional.
  • CG6:Self-learning.
  • CG7:Show the capacity to adapt to new situations.
  • CG8:Acquire a permanent concern for quality, the environment and the prevention of occupational hazards.
  • CG9:Show ability to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialized and non-specialized public.

UA Basic Transversal Competences

  • CGUA1:Mastering the expression and understanding of a foreign language.
  • CGUA2:Correct expression, both orally and in writing, in either of the official languages of the Valencian Community
  • CGUA3:Possess computer skills relevant to the field of study.
  • CGUA4:Acquire or possess basic Information and Communications Technology skills and correctly manage the information gathered.

Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE1:Know and apply the fundamental concepts of Physics.
  • CE2:Recognize and assess physical processes in everyday life.
  • CE3:Be able to estimate ranges of magnitude in order to interpret various phenomena. To carry out the approximations required in order to reduce problems to a manageable level. Develop intuition in Physics.
  • CE4:Relate Physics with other disciplines.
  • CE5:Ability to design experiments in the laboratory, to measure and analyze critically experimental results, to draw conclusions and to evaluate the level of uncertainty.
  • CE6:Understand and apply basic concepts of Chemistry relevant to Physics.
  • CE7:Acquire new mathematical concepts.
  • CE8:Understand and master mathematical and numerical methods commonly used in Physics.
  • CE9:Being able to model complex phenomena translating physical problems into mathematical language.
  • CE10:Be able to use computing tools to model and solve physical problems.
  • CE11:Solve qualitative and quantitative problems using previously developed models.
  • CE12:Recognize and analyze new problems and devise strategies to address them.
  • CE13:Understand the most important physical theories.
  • CE14:Prepare, present and defend scientific reports both in writing and orally in front of an audience
  • CE15:Be able to locate and use relevant literature.
  • CE16:Devise, analyze, validate and interpret models of real situations.
  • CE17:Solve mathematical problems using basic calculus skills and other techniques.

 

CREDIT STRUCTURE OF THE DEGREE COURSE


The University of Alicante Physics Degree course programme is worth a total of 240 credits, distributed over four years each worth 60 ECTS credits. In turn, each year is organised into 30-credit semesters. The 240 credits cover all the theoretical and practical learning to be acquired by students.

In order to make the course compatible with other activities, students are allowed to take a part-time course consisting of 30 credits per academic year.

 

DISTRIBUTION OF CREDITS PER SUBJECT TYPE


Subject type

Credits

Core

60

Compulsory

150

Optional

24

Final Project

6

Total credits

240

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE PROGRAMME

 

The Course Programme is structured into three modules (Basic, Core and Advanced).

The Basic Module includes nine subjects of the first year and one subject of the second, with a total of 60 ECTS credits of which 42 belong to the basic subjects of the area of Sciences (BR), and consists of the disciplines: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

Moreover, a subject from the Computing disciplines of the Engineering and Architecture area (Foundations of Programming) and further two cross-disciplinary subjects (Introduction to Mathematical Language and Experimentation in Physics, and Numerical Methods and Computation) are included. These are aimed at the acquisition of basic cross-disciplinary skills related with Physics (practical laboratory skills, information and IT skills and mathematical skills), as well as other cross-disciplinary abilities such as oral and written communication, reading English documents (priority proficiencies at University of Alicante) and teamwork.

The Basic Module is taken in the first year (semesters 1 and 2) except the subject Thermodynamics which is taught in semester 3.

The Core Module is compulsory and is taught over the second and third years (semesters 3, 4, 5 and 6) and the first semester of the fourth (semester 7).

The Advanced Module consists of optional subjects (48 ECTS) and offers 8 subjects of 6 credits each that are to be taken in the eighth semester, and the possibility of work experience which is also optional and equals a 6 credits subject under the name “Prácticas Externas” (Work Experience) and is suitable to be taken over the first or the second semester of the fourth year. The student has to choose a total of 4 subjects from the nine offered.

These optional subjects are: Structural Acoustics; Stellar Astrophysics; Materials Science; Dynamics of Continuous Media; Advanced Quantum Physics; Medical Physics; Photonics; Computational Chemistry and Work Experience.

Additionally, the inclusion of activities and materials in English is considered as part of the comprehensive training in accordance with the Plan for the Advancement of English in the Curricula, in order to make it possible for students to acquire fluency and expression skills in a foreign language (English). Moreover, the University of Alicante will offer courses in Basic and Scientific English, avoiding overlap with the lessons schedule of the students, to facilitate for them the acquisition of the B1 level in English which will be compulsory for the evaluation of the Final Project.

The management of the External Practicum (Work Experience) in the Faculty of Sciences is in charge of the OPEMIL. The companies involved provide highly qualified tutors for the required tasks. The type of activity that the student will carry out is to be previously described in a document designed to such effect that will be reviewed by both the academic tutor and the tutor of the company or institution, as well as by the Faculty official in charge of the supervision of the Work Experience Programme. In this description, the availability of resources in the company for the development of the tasks of the proposed activity will have to be granted.

The student will also have to be granted the possibility to obtain academic recognition, for a maximum of 6 optional ETCS credits from the total of the Course Programme, through participation in diverse activities of the University of Alicante: cultural, sportive, solidarity, cooperation or as a students' representative. Before the beginning of the academic year, the Governing Council will determine which activities will have this academic recognition (http://www.boua.ua.es/pdf.asp?pdf=2490.pdf).

Finally, the Advanced Module includes also, as a compulsory subject, the Final Project, that constitutes the final phase of the Course Programme and is worth a total of 6 ECTS credits. In the Final Project the student will have to show the acquisition of the skills associated to the Degree by means of the completion, presentation and defense of a memory presenting original work by the student related with the Physics which may include experimental, computational or theoretical features.


LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT (IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

Students who study an undergraduate degree at the University of Alicante must confirm a minimum level of B1 in a foreign language (a B2 is recommended) in order to obtain the diploma.  

The required language level is in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

The language accreditation requirement can be obtained previously or at any time during university studies. However, the language requirement will be necessary in order to be able to assess the final year project.

The different forms of obtaining such language requirement can be consulted in the additional information in this section.  

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LANGUAGE TEACHING COMPETENCE CERTIFICATE

Students who want to have a career in non-university teaching when they finish their studies are recommended to obtain the teaching competence certificate (Valencian and/or foreign languages).

This certificate can be obtained by taking specific itineraries in your university studies or by taking the UA teaching competence course in Valencian, German, French and English.

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FINAL YEAR PROJECT (TFG)

All the official undergraduate degrees must be completed by preparing and defending a final year project, which must be done in the final phase of the studies and be aimed at the assessment of competences associated to the degree.

The final year project must be an original, independent and personal work. The elaboration of it may by individual or coordinated. Each student will prepare this project under the supervision of a tutor, allowing students to show the received training content in an integrated many, as well as the acquired competences associated to the undergraduate degree.

In order to register in the final year project, students must comply with the requirements established in the “Regulations for continuation studies for students registered in undergraduate degrees at the University of Alicante”. Among the requirements established to be able to register in the final year project, a minimum of 168 credits must be passed in undergraduate degrees with a total of 240 credits, and a minimum of 228 credits in undergraduate degrees with a total of 300 credits or more.

In order for the final year project to be assessed, a B1 level of a foreign language (B2 is recommended) must be confirmed.

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ACCESS ROUTES

Admission to this degree course is open to any applicant who meets one of the following entrance requirements:

1.     SPANISH BACCALAUREATE (LOMCE) UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAM (PAU): Although students can access university by means of any Baccalaureate specialization, the recommended one is Sciences.

Admission scores for this degree can be improved by taking the specific modules of the University Entrance Exam (PAU) as indicated in the table below with their respective weightings.

TABLE 1

Physics

2.     PREVIOUS BACCALAUREATES WITH OR WITHOUT A PASS IN THE UNIVERSITY ENTRANCE EXAM (PAU): Students who have completed their Baccalaureate under previous education systems and have passed the PAU will be able to use the mark obtained in their application.

However, students can take specific exam modules during the voluntary PAU exam period in order to improve their admission score as shown in table 1. They can also sit for the obligatory PAU exams, in which case they will have to take all the exams scheduled during this period.

3.     VOCATIONAL EDUCATION: Vocational educational qualifications such as senior technician, senior technician of plastic arts and design, or senior technician in sports is the preferred professional area although access to this degree may be through any professional field.

Admission scores can be improved by taking the PAU exam in up to 4 of the modules in table 1.

4.     STUDENTS FROM EDUCATION SYSTEMS IN COUNTRIES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION OR OTHER STATES WITH WHICH SPAIN HAS AN INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT: Accreditation is required and issued by Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).

Students can sit for exams in subjects included in the Pruebas de Competencias Específicas (PCE), organised by the UNED, in order to improve their admission score up to 14 points as indicated in the weightings in Table 1.

5.     STUDENTS FROM FOREIGN EDUCATION SYSTEMS: Prior to applying for the validation of their foreign Baccalaureate, students may sit for up to 4 exams in subjects offered by the Pruebas de Competencias Específicas (PCE) organised by UNED (at least one subject from the core subjects).

The weightings indicated in table 1 will be applied to core and/or optional subjects.

6.     OTHER: University degrees and other similar qualifications. University entrance exam for students over 25 (preferential option: Sciences). Access on the basis of professional experience (applicants over 40 years of age). Access to applicants aged 45 years or more by means of an exam.

Weightings of the subjects of the specific phase of the Proof of Access to the University (PAU) in the previous year

High School Diploma Subjects

Parámetros de ponderación
Análisis Musical II Biología Ciencias de la Tierra y Medioambientales Dibujo Artístico II Dibujo Técnico II Diseño Economía de la Empresa Electrotecnia Física Geografía Griego Historia de la Música y de la Danza  Historia del Arte Latín Lenguaje y Práctica Musical Literatura Universal Matemáticas Aplicadas a las Ciencias Sociales II Matemáticas II Química Técnicas de Expresión Gráfico Plásticas Tecnología Industrial II

Academic Year

2016-17


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PROCEDURE FOR APPLYING FOR ADMISSION: PRE-ENROLMENT AND REGISTRATION

  • Anticipated number of places offered during the first pre-enrolment session: 50 
  • Applicants admitted to a course must formally register within the timescale established annually in the enrolment calendar. Registration Information.


RECOMMENDED APPLICANT PROFILE

 

It is recommended that students who wish to study for a degree in Physics have a basic scientific-technical education, and should have studied, at least, the subjects Mathematics II, Physics and Chemistry in their second year of the high school diploma course.

Among the qualities the future Physics student should possess, the following are of especial relevance:

  • Capacity for work (perseverance, method and rigour).
  • Capacity for reasoning and critical analysis.
  • Scientific spirit.
  • Capacity to obtain, interpret and apply knowledge.
  • Problem-solving skills.
  • Capacity for synthesis and abstraction.
  • Recommended complementary education: English and user-level computing skills.

 

NUMBER OF PLACES AND PASS MARKS

 

COURSES

NUMBER OF PLACES

PASS MARKS

GENERAL

OVER

  25

OVER

40

OVER

  45

GRADUATES

SPORSTPEOPLE

DISABLED

2016-17

50

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6,290

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7,400

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5,000

  • "Pass marks" indicated correspond to the results of the first adjudication of June.
  • The definitive marks can be inferior to the here collected.


 

 

 

PROFESSIONAL PROFILES


The Physics degree enables for multiple professional profiles such as:

  •  Physics Education in both its scientific and technical features and issues related to them.
  • Scientific and technical advice on issues related to Physics.
  • Research and development in Physical Science and Technologies: In its own areas (Astrophysics, Materials Science, Nanotechnology, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Optics, etc.) and in cross-disciplinary areas: Modelling of biological problems and others.
  • Environmental questions. Technical studies and projects on air, acoustic and environmental pollution and energy and material waste. Environmental impact assessment. Development of environmental management systems.
  • Energy production: Development and management of thermal and nuclear power plants and also wind, thermal solar, photovoltaic solar and other renewable energies power infrastructures.
  • Radiation safety issues.
  • Information technologies. Programming, design and management of computer and telecommunications systems. Process control systems for diverse purposes.
  • Space and aviation technologies. Telemetry and remote sensing studies. Geographic information systems. Design of satellite communication systems.
  • Development of arm and defence systems.
  • Meteorology and climatology.
  • Design and production of scientific and technical instrumentation.
  • Design, organization and management of testing and calibration laboratories. Metrological studies in all areas.
  • Geodetics and prospecting. Planning geological exploration and prospecting. Seismological studies.
  • Medical physics. Implementing of the tasks assigned by the current legislation to the new figure of the Hospital radiophysicist.
  • Design and planning of high, medium and low voltage electrical installations. Heating, air conditioning and A.C.S.; fluid (water, gas and other fuels); and telecommunications installations.
  • Every activity that relates to Physics.

 

Professions for which this degree qualifies its holder: 

Physicist is not a regulated profession. As stated in its White Paper, this degree enables to:

  • University teaching and/or research.
  • Non-University teaching and/or research.
  • Public administration.
  • Banking, finance and insurance companies.
  • Consulting firms.
  • Computer and telecommunications companies.
  • Industry.

 

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