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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHZ5405
Tracking Number - 5154

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-12-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Change Pre-req to "PR PHY 4605 or PHY 6645."
Comments: For PhD in Applied Physics, MS in Physics - Required. Form incomplete. Emailed 2/11/15. Updated 8/28/15. GC approved 10/12/15; to USF Sys 10/12/15; to SCNS 10/28/15. Approved effective 12/1/15

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2014-12-15
  2. Department: Physics
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: TPA-10000-125300-000000-0000000
  5. Contact Person: David Rabson
  6. Phone: 41207
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: PHZ
  9. Number: 5405
  10. Full Title: Solid State Physics I
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: Y
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Solid State Physics I
  19. Course Online?: C - Face-to-face (0% online)
  20. Percentage Online: 0
  21. Grading Option: -
  22. Prerequisites: PHY 3101 and MAP 2302
  23. Corequisites:
  24. Course Description: Crystal structure, x‐ray and electron

    diffraction, mechanical and thermal

    properties of solids, electrical and

    magnetic properties of metals, band

    theory of metals, insulators, and

    semiconductors. First semester of

    sequence PHZ 5405, PHZ 6426

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course:
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Half the research in this department is in the area of solid-state/materials physics. This is the pre-requisite for the advanced materials-physics course.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) doctorate in physics or related field
  29. Objectives: Introduce the framework of solid-state physics, including crystal structure, crystallography, nearly-free-electron (Bethe-Sommerfeld) theory, band structure, phonons, and the theories of metals and semiconductors.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to read current research papers in solid-state physics and will be prepared for the next courses in either the solid-state or materials-physics sequences. They will be ready to start working in experimental or theoretical research in solid-state physics.
  31. Major Topics: Drude and Sommerfeld models; structure of solids in direct and reciprocal spaces; crystallography and determination of structure; Bloch waves and band structure; semiclassical electron dynamics; measuring the Fermi surface; metals and insulators; phonons; phonon-phonon and electron-phonon scattering; dielectric porperties of insulators; homogeneous semiconductors.
  32. Textbooks: Example: Ashcroft and Mermin, Solid State Physics
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases: *no changes*
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy: *no changes*
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests: *no changes*
  36. Attendance Policy: Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

  37. Policy on Make-up Work: *no changes*
  38. Program This Course Supports: Ph.D. in applied physics as well as master's programs in physics
  39. Course Concurrence Information: *no changes*

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