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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to the basic principles and concepts of physics and mathematics.  Students will gain analytic and problem solving skills by applying physics and mathematical concepts to biomedical and health contexts.

Unit content

Topic 1: Measurement and algebra

Topic 2: Work and Energy

Topic 3: Laws of Motion

Topic 4: Linear and Nonlinear Functions and Graphs

Topic 5: Gases and Thermochemistry

Topic 6: Waves, Light and Sound

Topic 7: Electricity and Magnetism

Topic 8: Nuclear Radiation

Topic 9: Dosimetry measurements

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 describe and explain physics concepts as they relate to biomedical science and human health Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 apply analytic and problem solving skills to evaluate physics and mathematical problems Intellectual rigour
3 effectively communicate knowledge of physics and mathematics in written form and verbally in workshops Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

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

  1. describe and explain physics concepts as they relate to biomedical science and human health
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. apply analytic and problem solving skills to evaluate physics and mathematical problems
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  3. effectively communicate knowledge of physics and mathematics in written form and verbally in workshops
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Giordano, N, 2013, College Physics: Reasoning and Relationships, 2nd edn, Cengage.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.