Spaces & Facilities
Integrated Teaching Spaces
Our integrated teaching spaces can be found on the Clayton campus in Building 10 College Walk. The building has three levels:
- Ground Floor Physics & Astronomy Collaborative-learning Environment (PACE) - mainly first year teaching
- Three Studios (large classrooms)
- Student Lounge - The Area for Physics and Astronomy Study (TAPAS)
- Enquiries (all teaching enquiries / administration)
- Level 1 - Seminar, tutorial and meeting rooms, and offices for Honours, Postgraduates, Postdocs and Academics.
- Level 2 - 2nd and 3rd Year Teaching Spaces
- Student Lounge
- Tutorial Room
- Computer Laboratory
- Experimental Laboratories
We also have our own astronomical observatory, the Hutton-Westfold Observatory, located just on the opposite side of Blackburn Road (away from the main campus in a suitably dark location).
As a student, you will also benefit from the numerous research centres and facilities you will come into contact with as your studies progress - through research projects as an undergraduate (with dedicated research units on offer from as early as second year) to graduate studies (if you decide to pursue a Masters or PhD).
Recently we've built a new learning and teaching space which houses three Studios (large classrooms) as well as a student lounge (TAPAS, see below) and support services. This area is located on the ground floor of 10 College Walk at our Clayton campus.
Students from all year levels can seek administrative help from the Enquiries counter - conveniently located at the centre of PACE.
Drop boxes for the submission of all hard-copy assignments are located right next to Enquiries.
PACE is not only a new teaching space but is enabling a new approach to teaching. We are implementing active-learning - an approach to teaching that research has shown produces better educational outcomes when compared to traditional lecture based approaches.
The Area for Physics & Astronomy Study (TAPAS)
The TAPAS lounge is a bright, airy space for students to study. During certain times of the day there is a tutor available. Students come to study on their own or with friends, meet new study partners, or ask for help from the tutor on duty.
Located opposite the Enquiries counter and next to the Studios, students can easily seek help, submit an assignment to the drop boxes, or arrive early to their next class.
In a building nearby students can also use the larger Science Student Learning Lounge, and directly opposite that they can make use of the Science library... students are spoilt for choice for study spaces!
Our second and third year teaching spaces (for level 2 and 3 units in physics and astrophysics) are located on the top floor of 10 College Walk at our Clayton campus – the same building which houses our first year teaching space, PACE, on the ground floor.
There is a classroom dedicated to computational work, a tutorial space, laboratory spaces, and a shared second and third year student lounge.
Browse the slideshow to see the rooms.
Second and third year students develop a range of computational skills through a wide variety of activities – from the analysis of astronomical images to modelling the behaviour of objects from atoms to stars.
Tutorials for second and third year classes are run in this classroom.
Second year physics laboratories
The experimental spaces for second year physics comprise a main laboratory (shown in photo), optics laboratories (for experiments requiring a dark space), and the X-Ray facility shared with third year.
Second and third year lounge
The lounge has a range of seating options and desk space, computers (or power points for your own computer) and walls covered in white boards – it's a great place to study!
Third year physics laboratories
The experimental spaces for third year physics comprise a main laboratory (shown in photo), optics laboratories (for experiments requiring a dark space), a dark-room (for developing holographic images), and the X-Ray facility shared with second year.
The observatory includes several optical telescopes enclosed in observing domes. The domes house 28-cm and 40-cm aperture telescopes (reflectors – Schmidt-Cassegrain) equipped with sensitive digital cameras.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students use these telescopes to observe galaxies, star clusters and planets (including those beyond our own Solar System).