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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces the basic concepts of mechanics (Newton’s Laws) and conservation laws, waves and optics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and atomic structure and material properties.

Unit content

Newton’s Laws (Mechanics) and Conservation Laws
Waves, Optics and Optical Properties
Thermodynamics and Thermal Properties
Electricity and Electrical Properties
Magnetism and Magnetic Properties
Atomic Structure and Material Properties
Engineering Materials

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate an understanding of Newton's Laws and Conservation Laws, waves and optics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, material atomic structure, and properties of a variety of engineering materials Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate proficiency in performing calculations to solve problems in mechanics, waves and optics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism Knowledge of a discipline
3 perform simple experiments to illustrate basic concepts in mechanics, waves and optics, electricity, and magnetism Knowledge of a discipline
4 effectively make conclusions and communicate the results of experiments through written mediums. Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of Newton's Laws and Conservation Laws, waves and optics, thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, material atomic structure, and properties of a variety of engineering materials
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate proficiency in performing calculations to solve problems in mechanics, waves and optics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. perform simple experiments to illustrate basic concepts in mechanics, waves and optics, electricity, and magnetism
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. effectively make conclusions and communicate the results of experiments through written mediums.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • In order to develop a much deeper appreciation of the lecture material, you are strongly encouraged to purchase this text: Knight, RD, 2013, Physics For Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach: International Edition, 3rd edn, Pearson Education, USA. ISBN: 978-0-321-82408-0.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.