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The Department Policy

  • Attendance Policy

    The regular lectures and lab sessions are supposed be venues in which a faculty member transfers his knowledge and know-how to students.Therefore, if a student misses class, he will lag behind the course material, and this might cause him to do poorly in the exams.
    The students are also recommended not to come to class after the class starts, because this will cause confusion and inconvenience to the instructor. It is the responsibility of professor to check late-comings, and not allow students to make them into a habit without any warranted excuse.
    According to the rules of the university, the absence of a student must not exceed 25% of the total number of classes in a semester; otherwise the student might be denied to take the final exam.
    The Physics Department emphasizes the need for students to attend classes regularly, except, of course, for extenuating circumstances, for which he must produce documentation. For more information on this, please refer to the Rules and Regulations of the university.

  • Practical Lab Sessions

    Some courses are both theoretical and experimental. For the experimental portion of such a course, students are expected to attend various lab sessions. The attendance for such sessions is obligatory.A student who misses a lab session will automatically be counted as absent in the theoretical session. In addition, the grades in the lab session will be added to the theoretical part.A practical lab session is essential and integral to the theoretical part of a course. The Physics Department is very strict when it comes to student attendance in both theoreticaland lab sessions.

  • Tutorials/recitations/problem solving sessions

    Given the importance ofproblem solving in physics, the department has allocated obligatory hours of problem-solving session for students. Especially, for courses that require substantial amount of mathematics: General Physics, Waves and Vibrations, Mathematical Physics, Classical Mechanics, Analytical Mechanics, and Electrodynamics.
    In these sessions, which will be held one hour per week, general and homework-assignment problems will be worked out.
    A teaching assistant (TA) will conduct these sessions, and the responsible faculty member will supervise them.
    The department stresses the importance of attending problem-solving sessions, whichare essential and required part of a course, and as such attendance will be taken.

  • Office Hours

    Office hours are an important means of communication between students and professors to solve any problems that students might have in their coursework or other academic matters. The Department expects each teaching faculty member to allocate 10 hours per week for office hours.The Department encourages all its students to take advantage of office-hour sessions for any advice and/or assistance they might need.

  • Seminars and colloquia

    The Physics Department organizes weekly meetings and seminarson Tuesdays between 11:00am-12:00pm in the seminar room located in the third floor of the Faculty of Science. These seminars will be conducted by researchers from our department or abroad.
    The department encourages students to attend these seminars and participate in scientific discussions.

  • Department Meetings

    1- Department Routine Meeting (RM)

    The Physics Department organizes regular departmental meetings in which various issues are discussed. Among them are general logistics problems, teaching-related and student issues.

    2- Department Review Meeting (DRM)

    The Department Review Meetings are held at the end of each month. The attendance of all faculty members is required at these meetings. The aim of DRMs is to review the general policy of the Physics Department in science education and research. Among the subjects discussedat these meetings are:

    1. The policy of the department and its future plans within the general vision, mission, and plans of the university.
    2. Updating the vision, mission, and objectives of the department based on modern developments.
    3. The policy of the Department on education and teaching methods employed by the Department under the guidelines of the Physics Education Committee.
    4. Development of the process of science education to achievethe university objectives.
    5. Review of the efforts of the Department on development and quality within the relevant standards of the university.
    6. How to establish a cutting edge research program in the Physics Department, that will in turn benefit the Kingdom.