Syllabus Physics 55600 General Syllabus

General Syllabus
Physics 55600
Current Topics in Physics
Catalog description:
A seminar course on current topics in experimental and theoretical physics, with oral reports by students and faculty
1 HR./WK.; 1 CR.
Textbook and other suggested material:
Course Objectives:
After successfully completing this course, students should
1. have acquired an introduction to a wide range of current topics in experimental and theoretical physics.
2. be able to develop and present a successful Power Point presentation on a topic of current interest.
3. be able to summarize and report on what they have learned from seminars and colloquia in various fields of physics.
Topics Covered:
1. areas of current interest in experimental physics
2. areas of current interest in theoretical physics
Class schedule:
1 HR./WK.; 1 CR.
Relationship of course to program outcomes:
The outcomes of this course contribute to the following departmental learning outcomes:
c. students will be able to communicate their knowledge effectively and in a professional manner, in both oral and written forms.
f. students will be able to use computers effectively for a variety of tasks, including data analysis, instructional-technology (IT) assisted presentations, report or manuscript preparation, access to online information sources, etc.
Assessment Tools
1. Attendance
2. Class participation
3. Student presentations
Person who prepared this description and date of preparation:
Frederick W. Smith, Professor of Physics
email address:
date: 9/10/07
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
The CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity can be found at…
This policy defines cheating as “the unauthorized use or attempted use of material, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise.” The CUNY Policy on plagiarism says the following about plagiarism (the CUNY Policy can be found in Appendix B.3 of the CCNY Undergraduate Bulletin 2007 -2009 as well as the web site listed above):
Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research or writings as your own. The following are some examples of plagiarism, but by no means is it an exhaustive list:
1. Copying another person’s actual words without the use of quotation marks and footnotes attributing the words to their source.
2. Presenting another person’s ideas or theories in your own words without acknowledging the source.
3. Using information that is not common knowledge without acknowledging the source.
4. Failing to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignments.
5. Internet plagiarism includes submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers, paraphrasing or copying information from the internet without citing the source, and “cutting and pasting” from various sources without proper attribution.
The City College Faculty Senate has approved a procedure for addressing violations of academic integrity, which can also be found in Appendix B.3 of the CCNY Undergraduate Bulletin.”