MEDI11002 - Physics for Health Sciences
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit creates the foundations for an understanding of physics as it applies to our world around us, our bodies and our clinical environments. You will learn how to explain observed phenomena, predict changing behaviour and communicate using science conventions. You will apply problem-solving skills and knowledge of physics to find reasonable solutions to both word- and numerical-based situations.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Distance
  • Mackay
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 15%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Examination 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Weekly tutorial timing and coverage Have your say Coordinator reflections Maintain the retrospective coverage of the weekly content and practice questions in tutorials. Continue the provision of multiple time options each week to enable students to work around their other commitments to attend the session.
Use of cheat sheet in Final Examination Have your say Coordinator reflections Continue the use of cheat sheet and emphasis on how to create and use them.
Weekly learning goals and key point summaries Have your say Coordinator reflections Maintain provision of weekly learning goals and key point summaries as they are useful resources for consolidating the concepts covered.
Understanding of the assessment requirements and marking rubrics by students Have your say Coordinator reflections Create more precise videos that focus on each assessment item with examples of poor and good approaches with respect to the marking rubric(s).
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Discuss fundamental concepts, theories and principles of classical mechanics, matter, heat, sound, electromagnetism, electromagnetic energy and the atom.
  2. Apply fundamental physics concepts, theories and principles to explain physical phenomena of everyday life and clinical situations and to predict outcomes under changing conditions.
  3. Use problem-solving and numeracy skills, knowledge of fundamental physics concepts, theories and principles, and standard conventions of science communication to present reasonable solutions to problems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking      
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work      
6. Information Technology Competence      
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment          
2 - Written Assessment          
3 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

Conceptual Physics : Global Edition
Author/s: Paul G Hewitt Year: 2015
Edition: 12th edn Publisher: Pearson
City: Harlow State: Essex
Country: England
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Students may use either the hard copy or e-book version of this text. Both provide access to hyperlinked multimedia learning resources that supplement the text. These online learning activities and resources will regularly be assigned as directed learning activities during the term. The e-book version of the text allows both online (web-based) and offline (downloaded copy) access to the book and has no expiry date. It is usable on both computers and tablets (specifically iPads and Android OS).

The hardcopy textbook is available through the University Bookshop at http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au/texts.asp. The e-book version of this text can be purchased at the publisher's webpage http://www.pearson.com.au/9781292057538. Students acquiring the text via other methods should ensure the version they obtain is the 12th global edition.

The optional Mastering Physics online learning resource that accompanies this text may also be purchased directly from the publisher's website. This access may be purchased either as a standalone item or bundled with the textbook. The Mastering Physics content provides additional learning and study resources.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorReshmi Kumar (r.d.kumar@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Science Fundamentals Kinematics

Conceptual Physics 1, 3

'Chapter 1: Physics and the Life Sciences' from Physics for the Life Sciences 2nd ed. by Zinke-Allemang, Sills, Nejat, Galiano-Riveros.

Introductory tutorial

Week 2 13-03-2017

Force and Energy

Conceptual Physics 2, 4, 5, 6, 7

Tutorial on Week 1 content

Week 3 20-03-2017

States of Matter, Pressure and Fluids

Conceptual Physics 11 - 14

'Chapter 14: Fluid Dynamics of Non-Viscous Fluids' from Introduction to Biological Physics for the Health and Life Sciences by Franklin, Muir, Scott, Wilcocks & Yates

Tutorial on Week 2 content

Week 4 27-03-2017

Pressure in Gases, Heat and Temperature

Fundamentals of Travelling Waves

Conceptual Physics 14 - 16, 18, 19

Tutorial on Week 3 content

Week 5 03-04-2017

Sound

Conceptual Physics 19, 20 - 21

Tutorial on Week 4 content

Written Assessment Due Thursday (06 Apr 17) 01:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Break week

Week 6 17-04-2017

Electrostatics

Introduction to Electrodynamics

Conceptual Physics 22 - 23

Tutorial on Week 5 content

Week 7 24-04-2017

Applied Electrodynamics

Electrical Safety

Conceptual Physics 23

(see also assigned reading from online resources)

Tutorial on Week 6 content

Week 8 01-05-2017

Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Conceptual Physics 24 - 25

Tutorial on Week 7 content

Week 9 08-05-2017

Electromagnetic Energy, Wave Interference

Conceptual Physics 26, 30, 31

Tutorial on Week 8 content

Week 10 15-05-2017

Light and Optics

Conceptual Physics 26 - 30

Tutorial on Week 9 content

Written Assessment 2 Due Tuesday (16 May 17) 10:00 AM AEST
Week 11 22-05-2017

The Atom and Quanta, Ionising Radiation

Conceptual Physics 32 - 33

Tutorial on Week 10 content

Week 12 29-05-2017

Review and consolidation

Tutorial on Week 11 content

Q&A review tutorials

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

Written exam during Exam Period

Exam Week 12-06-2017

Weekly tutorials are provided primarily via videoconferencing. Tutorials are held face-to-face on Mackay campus. All offerings of each week's tutorials have the same structure and content, regardless of instructor or mode of delivery. This ensures equitable learning access for all students. Tutorials help you to consolidate your knowledge of the week's material and develop the skills you will need to apply in completing your assessments. Your regular attendance at, and participation in tutorials, strongly support your success in the unit.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

The intent of this assessment is for you to demonstrate your ability to do three things:

  • select principles, concepts and facts that are relevant to a situation,
  • apply the concepts logically to solve a problem,
  • communicate your reasoning using terminology and science conventions correctly.

This assignment consists of short and long answer questions focusing on topics from Weeks 1 - 3 of unit content as detailed in the posted weekly learning goals. Each question will require you to apply the concepts and factual knowledge from the unit topics to a given situation. You may be asked to explain why the situation has occurred, what would happen if the situation were altered in a specific way, how to achieve a specific outcome in altering the situation and/or what outcome would logically follow the occurrence of the situation. Some questions will involve solving numerical problems.

You should be able to answer these questions using your learning from watching the unit lecture videos, reading the assigned text and other assigned learning activities. There is no expectation that you will need to research additional material in order to complete the assessment. Weekly tutorials will provide practice in analysing assessment questions and structuring logical and thorough responses.

There is no targeted word count. You should use the number of marks indicated for the question as a guide to the depth of response and number of main points expected. The completed assignment must be word-processed and in either Word or pdf file format. Further details on formatting will be provided on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Thursday (06-Apr-2017) 01:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students General feedback will be provided within 2 weeks. Individualised feedback will be provided within 3 weeks.
Weighting 15%
Assessment Criteria

Each question on the assignment instruction page will indicate the number of marks per segment. Responses are scored based on:

  • correct use of terminology
  • factual correctness of presented material
  • correct use of science conventions
  • relevance of stated content to the question asked
  • application of foundation concepts to the question asked
  • clarity, thoroughness and completeness of explanations
  • logic of problem-solving
  • application of an explicit step-by-step approach to solving numerical problems
  • correct and complete citing of information sources
  • execution of assignment instructions

More details can be found in the marking rubric and scoring guide posted on the unit Moodle site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss fundamental concepts, theories and principles of classical mechanics, matter, heat, sound, electromagnetism, electromagnetic energy and the atom.

2. Apply fundamental physics concepts, theories and principles to explain physical phenomena of everyday life and clinical situations and to predict outcomes under changing conditions.

3. Use problem-solving and numeracy skills, knowledge of fundamental physics concepts, theories and principles, and standard conventions of science communication to present reasonable solutions to problems.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment 2
Task Description
The intent of this assessment is for you to demonstrate your ability to do three things:
  • select principles, concepts and facts that are relevant to a situation,
  • apply the concepts logically to solve a problem,
  • communicate your reasoning using terminology and science conventions correctly.

This assignment consists of short and long answer questions focusing on topics from Weeks 4 - 8 of unit content as detailed in the posted weekly learning goals. (You will likely need to apply some knowledge and/or skill from your study in Weeks 1 - 3 in order to complete the assignment, but the emphasis is on topics from Weeks 4 - 8.)

Each question will require you to apply the concepts and factual knowledge from the unit topics to a given situation. You may be asked to explain why the situation has occurred, what would happen if the situation were altered in a specific way, how to achieve a specific outcome in altering the situation and/or what outcome would logically follow the occurrence of the situation. Some questions will involve solving numerical problems.

You should be able to answer these questions using your learning from watching the unit lecture videos, reading the assigned text and other assigned learning activities. There is no expectation that you will need to research additional material in order to complete the assessment. Weekly tutorials will provide practice in analysing assessment questions and structuring logical and thorough responses.

There is no targeted word count. You should use the number of marks indicated for the question as a guide to the depth of response and number of main points. You are expected to apply your experience and feedback from Assignment 1 to your completion of this assignment. Accordingly, this Assignment 2 has more questions to complete and has a higher weight toward the final grade.

The completed assignment must be word-processed and in either Word or pdf file format. Further details on formatting will be provided on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 10 Tuesday (16-May-2017) 10:00 AM AEST
Return Date to Students General feedback will be provided within 2 weeks. Individualised feedback will be provided within 3 weeks.
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Each question on the assignment instruction page will indicate the number of marks per segment. Responses are scored based on:

  • correct use of terminology
  • factual correctness of presented material
  • correct use of science conventions
  • relevance of stated content to the question asked
  • application of foundation concepts to the question asked
  • clarity, thoroughness and completeness of explanations
  • logic of problem-solving
  • application of an explicit step-by-step approach to solving numerical problems
  • correct and complete citing of information sources
  • execution of assignment instructions

More details can be found in the marking rubric and scoring guide posted on the unit Moodle site.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss fundamental concepts, theories and principles of classical mechanics, matter, heat, sound, electromagnetism, electromagnetic energy and the atom.

2. Apply fundamental physics concepts, theories and principles to explain physical phenomena of everyday life and clinical situations and to predict outcomes under changing conditions.

3. Use problem-solving and numeracy skills, knowledge of fundamental physics concepts, theories and principles, and standard conventions of science communication to present reasonable solutions to problems.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 60%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 50
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Restricted
One A4 page of notes of content that is of the student's choosing. This may be computer-generated or hand-written, and may include (but is not limited to) text, photos, drawings and/or figures. Both sides of the page may be used.
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Discuss fundamental concepts, theories and principles of classical mechanics, matter, heat, sound, electromagnetism, electromagnetic energy and the atom.

2. Apply fundamental physics concepts, theories and principles to explain physical phenomena of everyday life and clinical situations and to predict outcomes under changing conditions.

3. Use problem-solving and numeracy skills, knowledge of fundamental physics concepts, theories and principles, and standard conventions of science communication to present reasonable solutions to problems.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

4. Information Literacy


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