PSF61 Structure of Matter and the Universe


Module code: PSF61

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Optional

Year: 2nd

Module Coordinator: Nectaria Gizani

Language: Greek

Learning Outcomes: After completing module PSF 61 students,
- Will have obtained advanced knowledge in Solid State Physics, Particle Physics, Quantum Field Theory  (especially Gauge Theories),  Astrophysics and Cosmology.
- Will be able to combine this knowledge in order to understand and realize the common roots of all these  different specialized areas of Physics which describe the Universe of the Small (microcosm) and the Large (macrocosm).
-Because of the size and variety of the scientific material covered, students will acquire necessary scientific skills such as becoming methodical,  focusing on the important, finding  key-note material, obtaining critical thinking, discipline, and meeting deadlines.
- Analyzing and combining knowledge, they will be progressively led towards the understanding of the common base of the studied scientific areas of Physics.
- Organizing and combining the postgraduate knowledge, students will be able to reorganize their undergraduate knowledge, thus building strong foundations for the acquisition of  scientific thinking.
- Having changed their way of thinking, together with the new and specialized obtained knowledge, students will become aware of the world they live in and will be capable of using their skills and critical thinking in other aspects of their lives.

Subjects covered:
1. Elementary Particles
2. Nuclei
3. Solid State
4. Astrophysics

Learning Material: The HOU publications can be viewed

Teaching Method: Distance education with six Contact Sessions held at weekends during the academic year

Evaluation: Completion of six written assignments during the academic year, the average grade of which constitute a 30 percent of each student's grade, if a pass is obtained in the final or repetitive examination. Final exam grades constitute a 70 percent of the students' final course grade. More information is available