PHYS40110 - Introductory Physics
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit will prepare students for university study in engineering or the physical sciences. Students will gain an introductory understanding of the basic concepts in physics and learn to apply the principles of physics to solve problems of a physical nature in everyday life. Topics covered in this unit include measurement, motion, forces and mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, properties of matter, heat and thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism and electromagnetism, waves, and optics. This unit assumes an intermediate level of mathematical knowledge.

Details

Career Level Non-award
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
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
  • Distance

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 Non-award 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 50%
2. Examination 50%

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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Evaluation

Term 2 - 2015: The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this unit was 3.9 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44% response rate.

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
Positive comments on course structure Course Evaluations Continue with the broad format of the course
Students found the format to input some answers in Moodle quizzes difficult. Students emails Quizzes should be changed to predominately multiple choice questions.
Students would like internal classes Course Evaluations Internal class will continue to be offered via ISL in T3. Enrolment numbers do not support an internal offering in any other term.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Use available resources to select and apply appropriate introductory physics techniques to correctly solve quantitative and qualitative problems
  2. Reflect on assessment feedback to improve physics comprehension
  3. Recall and apply appropriate fundamental physics concepts and techniques to correctly solve problems
  4. Communicate physics in a competent, logical and professional manner

This course has no external accreditation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Self Management    
2. Communication      
3. Information Literacy      
4. Information Technology Competence        
5. Problem Solving      
6. Critical Thinking      
7. Cross-Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical Practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Examination        

Prescribed Textbooks

PHYS40110 Introductory Physics
Author/s: Sharon Cohalan Year: 2016
Edition: 4th edn Publisher: CQUniversity
City: Rockhampton State: QLD
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

All study material for this unit is freely available on Moodle in electronic form; however, purchase of hard copy study material is highly recommended. Hard copies can be purchased online at minimal cost from the CQUniversity Bookshop.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Office or similar
  • Ability to upload documents - may require scanner
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 CoordinatorGemma Mann (g.mann@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

Maths and Measurement

MEAS

Week 2 13-03-2017

Motion - Kinematics

MOTN

Week 3 20-03-2017

Forces and Motion

FORC

Week 4 27-03-2017

Work, Energy and Momentum

WENM

Week 5 03-04-2017

Atoms, Matter and Heat

AMAH

Assignment 1 Due Wednesday (5 April 17) 11:59 PM AEST

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Atomic and Nuclear

ATNU

Week 7 24-04-2017

Properties of Matter

MATT

Week 8 01-05-2017

Heat and Thermodynamics

HTTH

Week 9 08-05-2017

Electricity

ELEC

Assignment 2 Due Wednesday (10 May 17) 11:59 PM AEST

Week 10 15-05-2017

Magnetism

MAGN

Week 11 22-05-2017

Two Dimensional Mechanics

OR

Waves and Optics

2DME

OR

OPTC

Week 12 29-05-2017

Finish additional module and review

2DME

OR

OPTC

Assignment 3 Due Wednesday (31 May 17) 11:59 PM AEST

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

The date and time of the examination will be made available through MyCentre approximately six weeks before the examination period.

Exam Week 12-06-2017

Unit Coordinator
Gemma Mann
Email: g.mann@cqu.edu.au
Building: 32
Room: G.28
Phone: 07 4930 9294

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written assignments
Task Description

This assessment item comprises three written assignments.

Assignment 1 requires you to answer questions, solve problems and complete calculations covered by the MEAS, MOTN, FORC and WENM modules. Assignment 1 will be released via Moodle in week 2. It will be returned via Moodle.

Assignment 2 requires you to answer questions, solve problems and complete calculations covered by the AMAH, ATNU, MATT and HTTH modules. Assignment 2 will be released via Moodle in week 5. It will be returned via Moodle.

Assignment 3 requires you to answer questions, solve problems and complete calculations covered by the ELEC, MAGN modules and the chosen additional module, either 2DME or OPTC. Assignment 3 will be released via Moodle in week 8. It will be returned via Moodle.

Assessment Due Date Refer to the Schedule for when Assignments are due throughout the term.
Return Date to Students Two weeks from due date or submission date, whichever is later.
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Mark allocations are indicated in the question documents. The questions are available on the unit Moodle site; follow the instructions carefully. Marks for each question will be awarded for the accuracy of the answer, setting out, showing correct steps in the solution as well as finding the correct answer (including units). Answers to all questions should be neatly and clearly presented, and full working is required to obtain maximum credit for solutions.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Each of the three assignments is to be uploaded as a single pdf document through the unit Moodle site.

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

1. Use available resources to select and apply appropriate introductory physics techniques to correctly solve quantitative and qualitative problems

2. Reflect on assessment feedback to improve physics comprehension

4. Communicate physics in a competent, logical and professional manner

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 50%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Restricted
One A4 page of paper with handwritten notes on one or both sides is allowed to be taken into the exam and must be submitted with the test. No other notes or materials are permitted.
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Use available resources to select and apply appropriate introductory physics techniques to correctly solve quantitative and qualitative problems

2. Reflect on assessment feedback to improve physics comprehension

3. Recall and apply appropriate fundamental physics concepts and techniques to correctly solve problems

4. Communicate physics in a competent, logical and professional manner

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking


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