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Introductory Physics (10000.2)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


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For the remainder of 2020, resulting from Australian Government's directives requiring physical distancing and restrictions on movement because of the COVID-19 pandemic, any exams that are required for assessment in a unit will be online exams. Online exams may also use online proctoring to help assure the academic integrity of those exams. Please contact your unit convener with any questions.

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This unit will introduce students from both scientific and non-scientific backgrounds to introductory physics as applied to the biological, medical, and environmental sciences. Students will gain hands-on experience with physical concepts and principles that underpin biological and medical systems and the technologies that we use to understand these. The unit covers topics in the fields of mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and waves (including optics) with specific reference to applications and technologies in the medical, forensic and environmental sciences.

In particular, the unit emphasises learning by experimentation and investigation through data analysis congruent with the overall philosophy underpinning scientific education at UC.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify key physical processes that underpin biological, medical and environmental systems and associated technologies;

2. Demonstrate an understanding of scientific evidence, quality and relevance;

3. Apply creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems through experiment design, data collection and interpretation;

4. Demonstrate skills in communication and working with each other through tutorials/workshops;

5. Apply skills in information literacy and numeracy through search, collation and analysis of evidence; and

6. Analyse complex physical problems commonly found in real-world situations.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

2x2 hour Workshops per week





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