Fall 2020 - PHYS 201 D100

Physics Undergraduate Seminar (1)

Class Number: 1129

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: Thu, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 121 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 141, with a minimum grade of C-, or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B.



A seminar to expose students majoring in any Physics program to opportunities available with a physics degree. Seminar will include invited speakers, group discussions, and student presentations on topics including modern physics research, industrial physics, career opportunities, and communication and other professional skills. May be repeated once for credit. Graded as pass/fail (P/F).


The primary goal of this course is to enrich the student experience beyond their academic training by exposing them to opportunities available to students with a physics degree – including academic research opportunities, industrial physics, and nontraditional careers – and fostering skills necessary for success.

Sample seminar topics might include:
·      Modern academic research and industrial physics
·      Physics alumni experiences
·      Presentations of undergraduate thesis work
·      Communication, C.V. and cover letter writing, and other professional skills

Course delivery

Lectures: synchronous and interactive. Some credit awarded for in-class participation. Most classes will be recorded.



Grading is Pass/Fail, based on attendance and participation.

IMPORTANT: Because this course is offered spread over two semesters, both Fall and Spring semesters of Phys 201 must be completed in order for course credit to be awarded.



Required computer resources:

• reliable high-speed internet access

• computer or tablet with webcam and microphone



No textbook.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, before the end of the first week of classes.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).