Physics & Mathematics

Dr.Steven Rwabona Katashaya

Dr.Steven Rwabona Katashaya

About Physics
Physics is the study of the principles that govern the physical world around us and is based upon matter and energy and their interactions.  The study of matter, energy and their interactions has played a key role in the progress of mankind and will continue to do in the future as Physics generates fundamental knowledge that is needed for future technological advances.  Physics also forms the basis for other subjects such as engineering and medicine. The Department of Physics at Kabale University offers courses in Physics as part of the BSc degree programmes offered in the Faculty of Science.

The Physics Curriculum at KAB
The Physics at Kabale University curriculum combines traditional Physics topics with a substantial amount of Electronics at all the three levels of the curriculum. The Faculty of Science has been offering courses in Physics leading to award of Bachelor of Science with Education (BSc Ed. MSI, Major or Minor.  Physics undergraduate programme that offers an array of courses leading to the following degrees:

  1. Bachelor of Science (BSc Major, BSc Minor) which is a 3-year full-time programme.
  2. Bachelor of Science with Education (BSc Ed Major, BSc Ed Minor) which is a 3-year full-time programme.
  3. Bachelor of Education (Secondary) (BSc Ed, Major, Minor MSI)  which is a 3-year in-service programme for Diploma holders.

The Physics major provides core of basic course units in several principle areas of Physics to give high quality education which prepares students for further study and research in Physics and a wide range of career opportunities in industry, geosciences and other professions directly unrelated to Physics, such as commerce, where analytical and problem-solving skills are required. The Physics minor is designed for students who are interested in obtaining significant grounding in the principles of Physics without committing to the major but are taking other subjects as their major or need some Physics in their areas of specialisation.

 The teaching of Physics in the Faculty of Science Education is by course unit system. The course unit is examined at the end of the Semester in which it is taught.  Assignments and tests constitute the course work for each semester,

The key component of the implementation of this program is connectivity in teaching. In the teaching of every course, lecturers make an effort to clearly elucidate connections within the subject and across other subjects mainly in the science cluster. These connections exist naturally and lecturers clearly bring them out during lectures and module development where necessary.

The overall objectives of the Physics programme are to enable students to

  • explain, analyse, and to interpret physical processes and phenomena,
  • be competent enough to pursue further studies in Physics,
  • appreciate Physics not just as consisting of different Branches But as a whole that must be considered in unified consistent logical way,
  • focus on meanings, principles, laws of physics and their applications to the physical world and therefore be able to appreciate the role of physics in development,
  • impart the necessary skills for critical thinking and problem-solving,
  • demonstrate knowledge of connectivity within the course or between different courses or across science subjects and technology and develop skills and competences to enable them to teach confidently at both A- and O-level for those specialising in education.

Undergraduate Courses and Qualifications

BSc with Physics Major

Year 1 – Semester 1
PHY 1101 Introductory Classical Mechanics
PHY 1103 Structure and Properties of Matter
PHY 1104 Mathematical Methods in Physics

Year 1 – Semester 2
PHY 1201 Electricity and Magnetism
PHY 1202 Vibrations and Waves
PHY 1203 Heat and Thermodynamics

Year 2 – Semester 1
PHY 2101 Introductory Solid State Physics
PHY 2102 Classical Mechanics
PHY 2103 Electronics
PHY 2105 Introductory Geophysics (Elective)
PHY 2106 Environmental Physics (Elective)

Year 2 – Semester 2
PRM 2203 Research Methods (External to Physics)
PHY 2201 Electromagnetism
PHY 2202 Optics
PHY 2203 Computer Programming for Scientists
PHY 2205 Climate Physics (Elective)
PHY 2206 Introductory Astrophysics (Elective)
PHY 2208 Field Attachment

Year 3 – Semester 1
PHY 3101 Nuclear Physics
PHY 3102 Solid State Physics
PHY 3103 Introductory Quantum Mechanics
PHY 3104 Electronic Instrumentation

Year 3 – Semester 2
PHY 3201 Project in Physics
PHY 3202 Quantum Mechanics
PHY 3203 Statistical Mechanics
PHY 3204 Acoustics
PHY 3205 Solar Energy (Elective)
PHY 3207 Electronic Signals and Systems (Elective)

BSc – Physics Minor

Year 1 – Semester 1
PHY 1101 Introductory Classical Mechanics
PHY 1103 Structure and Properties of Matter
PHY 1104 Mathematical Methods in Physics

Year 1 – Semester 2
PHY 1201 Electricity, Electronics and Magnetism
PHY 1202 Vibrations and Waves
PHY 1203 Heat and Thermodynamics

Year 2 – Semester 1
PHY 2101 Introductory Solid state Physics
PHY 2102 Classical Mechanics

Year 2 – Semester 2
PHY 2201 Electromagnetism
PHY 2202 Optics

Year 3 – Semester 1
PHY 3101 Nuclear Physics
PHY 3103 Introductory Quantum Mechanics

Year 3 – Semester 2
PHY 3202 Quantum Mechanics
PHY 3203 Statistical Mechanics

BSc Ed with Physics Major

Year 1 – Semester 1
PHY 1101 Introductory Classical Mechanics
PHY 1102 Properties of matter, Heat and Thermodynamics

Year 1 – Semester 2
PHY 1201 Electricity, Electronics and Magnetism
PHY 1202 Vibrations and Waves

Year 2 – Semester 1
PHY 2101 Introductory Solid state Physics
PHY 2102 Classical Mechanics
PHY 2103 Electronics
PHY 2104 Solid Earth Physics

Year 2 – Semester 2
PHY 2201 Electromagnetism
PHY 2202 Optics
PHY 2204 Physics Teaching Methods `
PHY 2206 Introductory Astrophysics

Year 3 – Semester 1
PHY 3101 Nuclear Physics
PHY 3102 Solid State Physics
PHY 3103 Introductory Quantum Mechanics
PHY 3104 Electronic Instrumentation

Year 3 – Semester 2
PHY 3201 Project in Physics
PHY 3202 Quantum Mechanics
PHY 3203 Statistical Mechanics
PHY 3204 Acoustics
PHY 3206 Solar Energy (Elective)
PHY 3207 Electronic Signals and Systems (Elective)

BSc Ed with Physics Minor

Year 1 – Semester 1
PHY 1101 Introductory Classical Mechanics
PHY 1102 Properties of Matter, Heat and Thermodynamics

Year 1 – Semester 2
PHY 1201 Electricity and Magnetism
PHY 1202 Vibrations and Waves

Year 2 – Semester 1
PHY 2101 Introductory Solid State Physics
PHY 2102 Classical Mechanics

Year 2 – Semester 2
PHY 2201 Electromagnetism
PHY 2202 Optics
PHY 2204 Physics Teaching Methods
PHY 2207 School Practice

Year 3 – Semester 1
PHY 3101 Nuclear Physics
PHY 3103 Introductory Quantum Mechanics

Year 3 – Semester 2
PHY 3202 Quantum Mechanics
PHY 3203 Statistical Mechanics

Academic Staff

Names Qualifications Specialisation
Prof E M Twesigomwe BA (UEA), MA, PhD (London), Dip Admin (IPA) Physics
Dr S R Katashaya BSc (MUK), MSc (UDSM), PhD (Essex, UK), Dip Datametrics (UNISA) Physics and Electrical Engineering Science
Mr SCK Ndyomugabi BSc Ed (MUK), MEd (UK) Physics, Mathematics and Education
Mr I Habumugisha BSc Ed, PGD(PPM), MSc (Physics), PhD Candidate (MUST) Physics and Astrophysics
Mr V Habakwiha Dip. Ed, BSc (MUK),  MSc, PhD Student (MUST) Radiation Physics