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Frontiers of Physics


The Frontiers of Physics investigates some of the most recent developments in the fields of astrophysics and astronomy.

Students will go on a journey through the Universe to explore weird and wonderful phenomenon such as black holes, dark matter and dark energy. Investigate the potential for life in the universe as well as how stars form and how they die. Tour our solar system and come up with your own mission proposal to investigate and explore one of these amazing locations. From quarks to quasars, and everything in between, students who undertake this course will be left truly dazzled by the sheer scale and marvels of our Universe.

Semester 2 classes: Monday 9.00am – 10.00am, Thursday 2.15pm – 3.15pm

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BRAINSTORM: BIG ideas in Neuroscience

brain image 1BRAINSTORM will tackle what we already know about the brain and how cutting edge technologies are changing this. We will use a mix of videos, discussion, practical activities, guest speakers, group and individual work.

Join us in exploring some of the big ideas in neuroscience and unleash your brainstorm: How do we image the brain and can we see thoughts? How do sleep and chemicals affect the brain? Bionic brains – how can we replicate senses and understand illusions?

Semester 2 classes: Tuesday 2.10pm – 3.10pm, Wednesday 11.50 – 12.50pm

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Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Nano_imageNanotechnology is a cutting edge, multidisciplinary science which integrates a range of scientific areas including chemistry, physics, biology, engineering and material science.

Students will be introduced to fundamental scientific ideas that contribute to the unique properties of substances on the nanoscale. They study how scale and the properties of materials are linked, and how this leads to unusual and unexpected behaviour of materials.  This understanding of nanoscience is extended to explore how properties of nanoscale materials can be exploited in a range of current and developing applications, and to gain insight into how nanotechnology could play a role in solving key global issues.

Students have the opportunity to participate in group and individual work and in a number of simple practical activities that illustrate key ideas.

Semester 2 classes: Monday 2.10pm – 3.10pm , Thursday 11.20am – 12.20pm

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Biotechnology and Bioinformatics

Argonne's_Midwest_Center_for_Structural_Genomics_deposits_1,000th_protein_structure[1]Biotechnology is one of the most rapidly advancing fields of science.  In this course we explore how we use technology to understand DNA and genetic codes.  Students will examine the structure and function of the cell, DNA and proteins and the development and uses of genetic technology.  Students will develop skills to decipher this information and further understand the code for life.

On completion of this subject, students will gain a range of experiences in state-of-the-art laboratory techniques and an appreciation of how biotechnology is changing every aspect of our world.

Semester 2 classes: Monday 12.25pm – 1.25pm , Friday 11.20am – 12.20pm

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The Nature and Beauty of Mathematics


Explore the mathematics that your teachers don’t want you to know.  Did you know the interior angles of a triangle don’t always add to 180 degrees? You will also look at the mathematics beyond the reality you see, such as 4-dimensional tesseracts, hyperbolic space, and hotels with an infinite number of rooms. This course also explores the mathematics of what you can see such as the golden ratio, pi, and how these related to nature.   Semester 2 classes: Thursday 12.30pm – 1.30pm, Friday 2.10pm – 3.10pm Request a Course Overview