Master Academic Studies Master Professor in Physics


STRUCTURE OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME

 

- Title of the study programme: Master Academic Studies Master Professor in Physics

- Goal of this study programme is to provide academic education of experts in the field of Physics and Astronomy.

- Since on the one hand physics is a fundamental science and a very broad one, on the other hand, the modern market demands experts for teaching in primary and secondary schools, this study programme is designed to meet both criteria. The basic and broadened knowledge of physics students can obtain through the elective courses. This study program provides students with guidance to teaching physics in elementary and secondary schools, depending on their aspirations and preferences.

- These studies belong to the second cycle – master studies.
- Learning outcomes (competencies) are given in Standard.
- Upon completion of this programme, the student receives the title of Master Professor in Physics
- Enrolment requirements are in accordance with the Law on Higher Education.
- List of study fields and modules i.e. of their required and elective courses with content descriptions, are given in Standard.
- Studies are conducted through teaching courses listed in Standard. The course, in addition to lectures, may include experimental-laboratory, demonstration and computational exercises, homework, practice, preparation and defending seminar papers. Important component of the study program is production and defence of a master's thesis. Important component of the study program is students' independent work in mastering the content. Duration of the study program is one academic year i.e. two semesters.
- A list of mandatory and elective courses with general content are given in the Standard
- Credit value of each of the courses and of the Master’s thesis is reported in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and is given in Standard .

- Criteria for registering certain courses are defined for each subject individually and are presented in Standard.
- The method of selection of the courses is given in Standard.
- Conditions for transfer from other study programmes within the same or related field of study are also defined.

- Credit value of the programme is 60 ECTS.

- Other issues of importance for the realization of the study programme:

Studies are conducted through classes (using modern methods), which are listed in the Curriculum and arranged into semesters. Two semesters constitute an academic year. Total number of ECTS in one academic year is at least 60. The total duration of the studies is 1 year (2 semesters), where students need to collect at least 60 ECTS.

In order to graduate, students must pass all the required courses within the selected module, passed at least one option of each of the selective courses, and have written and defended the Master thesis, and accumulated a minimum of 60 ECTS.

Courses under this program are classified into courses within the module that may be obligatory and elective.

 

PURPOSE OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME

 

The purpose of the study programme is providing the high-quality education to successfully perform academic and professional work in the field of Astronomy to students who will play a leading role in their area of expertise. The study program guarantees acquiring all the necessary competences for education of professionals of high educational profile.

The existence of this degree program is fully justified and beneficial to the society as a whole, given the role of modern physics - understanding the physical processes and materials. The physicists are experts necessary in every modern society, as they are the key element in the development of new energy sources, new materials, and new technologies.

They are needed in all areas of modern science and technology in general. Environmental protection, modern medicine, meteorology, astronomy and astrophysics, modern education, as well as many other areas cannot develop without physicists. Moreover, physics, its methods and models are today applied in areas such as economy, stock market business.

It is therefore clear that the quality education of staff for teaching physics in elementary and secondary schools is needed in every developed society. Good experts of this profile should raise the motivation for studying physics with children, regardless of the jobs that they would do later in life. In addition, it is equally important that these experts support and guide children who show talent towards the natural sciences, physics in particular.

Experts of this profile are primarily educated to perform all forms of physics teaching in primary and secondary schools. In addition, they are able to perform a variety of basic physical analysis and to use a variety of existing models. Master Professor in Physics possesses a wide range of job opportunities as for example teaching in primary and secondary schools, working in boarding schools, in the government sector, etc.

 

Faculty of Sciences provides education and training to experts in natural and mathematical sciences, which confirms that the existence of this programme complies with the basic tasks and goals of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad.



GOALS OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME

 

The primary goals of this study programme are obtaining academic and professional competences in teaching Physics and Astronomy, and mastering the skills and methods for their acquisition and further development. None the less important are the goals to develop creative abilities and skills to perform various forms of development and application of physics.

 

The most important general objectives of the study programme are to provide stimulating environment for professional and personal development of students, to use the learning methods to develop analytical, critical and self-critical thinking and approach to address the challenges in an interesting and intellectually challenging way. One of the main goals is to broaden the knowledge and understanding acquired at the undergraduate level, which are the basis for the development of critical thinking and application of knowledge.

 

The main professional goal is to educate and train professionals to work in the field, therefore gaining critical and integrated level of knowledge and understanding the principles necessary for studying physics and transferring knowledge of physics to children. Of course, these principles can be achieved only when the students have previously acquired and expanded the basic knowledge of the theoretical and experimental principles and methods of Physics.

 

Of course, the ultimate goal is that students obtain the appropriate qualifications which require them to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in those areas that complement the knowledge gained at the undergraduate level and makes the basis for the development of critical thinking and application of knowledge; to be able to apply their knowledge and understanding to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environment within broader or multidisciplinary areas within the field of study; to have developed the ability to integrate knowledge, solve complex problems, and make judgments based on available information which reflect on social and ethical responsibilities connected to the application of their knowledge and judgment; to have developed the ability of clear and unambiguous transfer of knowledge and ways of concluding to other experts and general public; to have developed the ability to continue further studies in the field of their own preference.

 

Professional goals are aimed at providing students with critical and integrated knowledge and understanding of:

- role of Physics in the system of education

- goals of teaching Physics in the system of education

- methods of transferring information and knowledge in physics

- methods of working with children, colleagues and other stakeholders in the education sector

- methods of approaching teaching, learning and evaluation

-communication and the building the proper interpersonal relationships with both children and colleagues

 

This study programme defines general methods and strategies for acquiring the competencies:
- to acquire knowledge and understanding: accumulation of knowledge is mainly achieved through lectures and various forms of exercises and practice whose purpose is to deepen, clarify and highlight the practical importance of the content presented in classes. This also includes specialized learning through seminar papers at different levels, in accordance with students’ progress.

- General competencies (ability to analyze, ability of problem solving, integrating theory and practice, synthesis) are mainly achieved through lectures followed by different types of exercises, particularly within the core courses. It is very important to engage students in solving practical problems in the exercise or practice.

- General competences (communication skills through oral presentations and written reports, the use of information technology, the ability to work independently or in a team, integration and evaluation of  information from various sources, effective and permanent learning); Part of these competences is acquired through obtaining other skills. These skills are continually developed, upgraded and improved throughout the programme, especially with the increase of complexity of the seminar papers and practical problems to be solved by students.

- Subject-specific skills such as planning how to solve practical problems, the use of laboratory methods for data collection, data analysis and their critical assessment, preparation of reports, presentations of reports, effective use of computers in practice are mainly achieved through laboratory exercises and producing seminar papers and professional practice.
Taking into account that evaluating students is one of the necessary steps in creating high quality experts in the area, each of the courses provides specific methods of assessment.


 

 

COMPETENCIES OF THE STUDENTS UPON GRADUATION

 

Description of general and course-specific competencies of students
Description of learning outcomes

By mastering the curriculum, the student acquires the following general skills:

 

- Analysis, synthesis and forecasting solutions and consequences
- Development of analytical, critical and self-critical thinking and approach to problem solving

- Development of communication skills and agility, cooperation with immediate social and international environment
- Application of professional ethics
- Lifelong learning and training
- Creativity
- Applying knowledge in practice
- Work independently or in a team
- Collecting and interpreting data
- Reflection on the relevant social, scientific or ethical issues
- Mastering the methods, procedures and process of research

 

By mastering the study programme, the student acquires the following course-specific skills and knowledge:
- Integrated knowledge of standard strategies of knowledge transfer and learning
- Knowledge of the strategy of advising children and parents
- Ability to efficiently communicate with groups and individuals
- The ability to create motivational learning environment

- Integrated knowledge and understanding of standard methods of the correct progress evaluation and achievements of the children in physics and astronomy learning

- Efficient time management
- Knowledge and understanding of different ways of responding to children’s needs
- The ability to plan teaching instructions and implementation of the planned activities
- Basic and advanced knowledge and understanding of the basics of theoretical and experimental physics, and adequate ways knowledge transfer to children
- Ability for further academic and professional training
- Identification of the core processes and critical thinking
- Ability to use existing models
- Finding and using scientific or technical literature with the use of key knowledge areas of study
- Critical selection and use of literature with the assistance of experts
- Professional application of knowledge and understanding
- Basic understanding and knowledge of the nature and methods of research in physics
- Knowledge and understanding of the basics of modern physics and astronomy
- Work under the expert supervision

- Knowledge of a foreign language for the purpose of professional communication
- Knowledge and understanding of ethics related to physics and physics teaching

 

 

THE CURRICULUM

 

Description


The structure of the curriculum includes the timetable of optional modules and courses thereof according to semesters, the number of active teaching hours and the number of ECTS points.

           

Course description contains the name, type of the course, study year and semester, the number of ECTS points, lecturers’ names, course goals and expected outcomes, skills and competencies, course requirements, course content, recommended literature, teaching methods, methods of knowledge assessment and evaluation and other data.
This programme also includes obligatory and elective courses.
The curriculum is designed to provide the student with at least 60 ECTS upon graduation.

 

           

- The method of selection of the elective courses:
 

Elective courses in this study program are offered in the corresponding semester. Students have to choose at least one of the elective courses offered. Students choose the courses together with the student advisor for the module in question. Student Advisor is always a member of teaching staff and one of the professors.
Elective courses given in a semester (either winter or summer) can be selected in the corresponding semester where they are available. By the end of the studies, at least one option for each elective course must be passed.
Registration of the elective courses is done on the occasion of enrolment of the study year.
- Students cannot choose elective courses from the programmes other than those comprising the group of elective courses belonging to this study programme.



The curriculum scheme

Module: Master academic studies Master Professor in Physics



 

No

 

Course Code

 

Course Title

 

 

Semester

 

Course status:

 

Active teaching

hours

 

Other lessons

 

ECTS

 

 

 

 

 

Lectures

Exercises

SRW

OFT

 

 

1st YEAR

 

1.

 

FPM1O12

The thematic approach to physics teaching

 

I

 

C

 

3

 

0

 

0

 

3

 

0

 

8

 

2.

 

FPM2O12

 

History and Philosophy of Physics

 

I

 

C

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

6

3.

FPM3O12

Master thesis

I

C

0

0

5

0

0

 

 

4.

 

Elective courses 1

 

I

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

5.

 

FPM4O12

Methodology of Problem Solving

 

II

 

C

 

3

 

2

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

8

 

6.

 

Elective courses 2

 

II

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

7.

FPM3O12

Master thesis

II

C

0

0

20

0

0

20

Student Reasearch Work 

25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Active teaching hours per year – total 

15

5

25

7

0

60

 

Active teaching hours per year – total = 52

 

 




Elective courses

 



Elective courses 1


 

 

FPM1I12

Experiments in Mechanics and Thermodynamics

 

I

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

FDM2I12

Physics and Techniques of lasers

 

I

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

FDM3I12

Magnetic properties of materials

 

I

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

FDM1I12

Thermal and thermomechanical properties of materials

 

I

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

FDM4I12

Introduction to plasma physics

 

I

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

FDM5I12

Introduction to Quantum Field Theory

 

I

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

FDM10I12

Radiation Transfer through Atmosphere

 

I

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

FDM11I12

Planetology

I

EB

3

1

0

1

0

9

 

 

FDM12I12

Physical Cosmology

 

I

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9


Elective courses 2


 

 

FPM2I12

Experiments in electromagnetism and optics

 

II

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

FPM3I12

Management in education

 

II

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

FDM13I12

Spectroscopic methods of materials investigation

 

II

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

FDM18I12

Radiological Physics

 

II

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

FDM20I12

Introduction to plasma technology

 

II

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

FDM21I12

Basics of vacuum physics

 

II

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

FDM23I12

Superconductive materials and technologies

 

II

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

FDM29I12

Cosmic Evolution of Chemical Elements

 

II

 

EB

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ECTS – total 

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course type: SP-scientific-professional, AG- academic-general education, TM-theoretical –metodical, AP – artistic – professional, PA – professional applied

Course status: C – compulsory, EB – elective block, CC – compulsory and common for more modules, if programme has modules, EBC – elective block common for more modules, if a programme has modules, CM – compulsory for module, EBM – elective block of the module

Active teaching hours: OFT – other forms of teaching, SRW – Student Reasearch Work