Undergraduate Programme in Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology UniversitasAirlangga provides courses in the field of physical science for undergraduate students. Initially, this programme was under the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (Fakultas Matematika dan Ilmu Pengetahuan Alam – FMIPA) based on DIKTI decree number 56 year 1982. In 2008, based on Rector of UniversitasAirlangga Decree Number 3294/JO3/OT/2008, the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences changed its name to Faculty of Science and Technology (FST).
The Undergraduate Programme in Physics has a vision to create an innovative and leading undergraduate programme in physicalscience and its application on supporting industries and development of medical technology both nationally and globally through education, research and community service on the basis of morality. This programme takes great efforts to improve the quality of learning process by planning, monitoring, as well as maintaining sustainable improvement and educational programme development. In doing so, the programmeinvolves all of its academiciansto increaseits relevance, academic atmosphere, internal management, sustainability, efficiency, and productivity. To increase relevance and competence, the programme has developed curriculum that emphasises on contextually professional, individual, and social competence. Curriculum is implemented through learning process by considering hard skill and soft skill enhancement, and evaluated periodically by a team of competent faculty members.
Excellent academic achievements from the lecturers of the undergraduate programme in Physics of UniversitasAirlangga are demonstrated through their numerous publications in reputable international and national journals (ISI Thompson Reuters/Scopus Indexed) as well as presentationsin international and national conferences. There are also other publications in scientific book chapters, articles in national newspapers and scientific reports. Some excellent researches haveeven been registered for Intellectual Property Rights (Hak Kekayaan Intelektual – HAKI) or granted patents. Besides, the lecturers have varied science backgrounds and been classified in suitable Research Groups depending on their research focus and competence. These Research Groups are created to meet the needs of the society and the needs of science. Hence, these serve as assets for the undergraduate programme in Physics to achieve its vision and mission.
The undergraduate programme in Physics implements learning system based on competencewith the aim ofachieving efficient learning process by integrating various components, such as curriculum, course materials, learning methods and strategies, human resources quality, and satisfying facilities to produce competent graduates. Curriculum and course materials are adjusted to the needs of the society and the development of science and technology development. Better learning methods and strategiesbecome the programme’s main concern as a way for producing high quality graduates who are knowledgeable and competent in their field.
Physics is basic natural science that studiesmatters and energy as well as the interactions. The study of physics is done by conducting researches, understanding processes,as well as predicting natural phenomena and behaviour of artificial systems. Specifically, physics attempts to answer basic questions concerning the behaviour of the universe and even more applicative principles in environmental problems and today’s technology. The scope of physics is very broad and involves mathematical and theoretical formulations, researches, experiments, computations, information technology, materials and other technology. Ideas and methodology developed in Physics has also encouraged certain research focus, including chemistry, computation, engineering, materials science, mathematics, medical science, biophysics, and life sciences, meteorology, and statistics. Thebasics of physics are concepts and key theories that explain or design special aspects of natural behaviour. Those concepts and theories are developed through certain scientific methods, such as observations, hypotheses, logics and experiments.
Primary disscusions in physics include Classical Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Thermodynamics and Mechanical Statictics, Quantum Mechanics and Relativity Theory. Classical Mechanics discusses Newton’s Laws, Lagrangian Mechanics, Hamiltonian Mechanics, Kinematics and Statistics. Electro-Magnetism includes discussions on Electrostatistics, Electrodynamics, Electricity and Magnetism, Maxwell’s Equations and Optics. Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics include discussions on Thermodynamic Laws and their application, Kinetic Theory of Gases, Partition Function, Statistical Ensemble Concept, and interactions between Microscopic and Macroscopic concepts.