Topics in Physics

I.     Course Prefix/Number: PHY 290

       Course Name: Topics in Physics

       Credits: 1-4 (0-4 lecture; 0-4 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Varies by topic.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course is designed to meet the special interest needs of physics students. Topics will be offered for variable credit from one to four semester credit hours. Students may repeat PHY 290 up to three times on different topics for a maximum of nine semester credit hours.

IV.   Learning Objectives

After successful completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. Outline the basic issues in one particular topic related to physics, e.g., Cosmology.
  2. Discuss the significance and influence of the specific topic being discussed.
  3. Communicate effectively in writing or speech.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
www.oakton.edu/studentlife/student-handbook.pdf

VI.   Sequence of Topics

One major topic or several minor topics relating to an overall theme will be selected for study. Examples of possible topics and themes are as follows:

Topic Examples
Cosmology
Advanced Electricity and Magnetism
Mathematical Applications in Physics
Optics
Advanced Modern Physics

VII.  Methods of Instruction

This course will be conducted on a lecture/discussion basis.  The text will be augmented by readings, videos, guest speakers, in-class group work, written and/or oral student projects and presentations, and field trips when appropriate.


Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Reading and writing skills at a level appropriate for college work is required.  Oral skills should be developed to a level that will allow the student to effectively communicate with superiors, peers, subordinates, and guests in a variety of situations.  Analytical skills should be developed to a level that will allow the student to accurately identify, evaluate and make viable suggestions for problems associated with the topic.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

TBA, as appropriate for the subject matter.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Course grades will be determined by the student’s demonstration of proficiency and understanding of the course material based on the quality of projects and the presentation of same (if required), tests and quizzes, attendance and prepared participation.

XI.   Other Course Information



If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.