Knowledge and understanding:
The students, at the end of the course, will have achieved an understanding and knowledge of the main physical properties of the solid-state functional materials of practical interest, based on a phenomenological approach. Physical models will be outlined to allow the students to understand the origin of the depicted phenomena. The experimental method provides the basis for that understanding the basis of reproducible experimental data and the use of mathematical methods.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
The students, at the end of the course, will have achieved the ability to apply their knowledge to address the study of a topic in the field of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science. More specifically: understanding of articles of the most recent literature, ability to orient in considering issues of Materials Physics both theoretical and experimental, develop and support reasoning about the physical properties of functional materials at a basic level. The student will be able to apply the general methodology for the study of solid-state materials, including the synthesis processes, the general features, the physical properties that characterize their functionality and the possible applications.
Students, at the end of the course, will have to provide evidence that they have started a path of understanding of the main issues in the field of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science treated in any form of expression (manuals, monographic and reporting); comprehension of the most recent research results and translation into professional actions, that should be considered as self-study, research and design of an experiment.
Ability to communicate:
Students, at the end of the course, will have to demonstrate the ability to communicate ideas-problems-solutions about issues of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science and present them in a clear, concise and effective way. Communication skills will be practiced in class, involving students in the discussion of the covered topics, and during laboratory exercises. Small groups of students will be encouraged to develop their ability to work in groups, discuss possible problems that may arise during measurements, find solutions and alternative methods which the students will have to learn to share with their colleagues and explain to group members and the teacher. Students are also required at the end of the course to prepare a short presentation about the physical properties of a particular class of materials.
Students will be encouraged to draw connections not only between different parts of the course but also with the basic concepts acquired in other courses (for example Electromagnetism, Introductory Statistical Physics and Chemistry) for developing a capacity for autonomous judgment based on an enlarged knowledge to the various aspects of the problem under consideration. Students, at the end of the course, will have to demonstrate that they have improved their critical thinking skills and judgment capability in particular to collect and interpret data, elaborate on issues related to the physical properties of functional materials, communicate ideas-problems-solutions in order to develop the learning skills that are necessary to undertake further studies in the field of Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science or carry out professional activities related to it.