CQUniversity Unit Profile
PHYS40110 Introductory Physics
Introductory Physics
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General Information

Overview

This unit will prepare you for university study in engineering or the physical sciences (which may include allied health). You 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: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2021

Online

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).

Class and Assessment Overview

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

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 20%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
3. Examination
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

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 from Unit evaluation

Feedback

Multiple assessments throughout the term helped learning.

Recommendation

Continue with the multiple assignments and online quizzes.

Feedback from Unit evaluation

Feedback

Recording the tutorials would be helpful.

Recommendation

Zoom tutorials will be recorded and made available via Moodle.

Feedback from My Experience

Feedback

Issues with figures in the textbook.

Recommendation

Rectify the issues with the figures in the textbook.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Recall fundamental physics concepts and techniques
  2. Solve quantitative and qualitative problems using appropriate physics and mathematical techniques
  3. Analyse information using physics techniques
  4. Communicate physics in a competent, logical and professional manner
  5. Improve physics comprehension through effective reflective practice.

This course has no external accreditation.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 20%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Introductory Physics 4 (edited) (2020)

Authors: Sharon Cohalan
CQUniversity Publishing Unit
Rockhampton Rockhampton , QLD , Australia
ISBN:
Binding: Spiral

Additional Textbook Information

All study material for this unit is freely available on Moodle in electronic form; however, purchase of hard copy study material is highly recommended. Please see your Moodle site closer to the start of Term.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • PDF reader
  • Computer- ability to access study materials, including instructional videos & upload assessment. Printer for printing assessment. Scanner or equivalent for uploading assessment.
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: Harvard (author-date)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Clinton Hayes Unit Coordinator
c.hayes@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 08 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Maths and Measurement

Chapter

MEAS

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 15 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Motion - Kinematics

Chapter

MOTN

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 22 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Forces and Motion

Chapter

FORC

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 1 due on Wednesday of Week 3 (24 Nov) at 11:45 PM AEST

Week 4 Begin Date: 29 Nov 2021

Module/Topic

Work, Energy and Momentum

Chapter

WENM

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 2 due on Wednesday of Week 4 (1 Dec) at 11:45 PM AEST

Vacation Week Begin Date: 06 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 13 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Atoms, Matter and Heat

Chapter

AMAH

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 1 due on Wednesday of Week 5 (15 Dec) at 11:45PM AEST.

Week 6 Begin Date: 20 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Atomic and Nuclear Physics

Chapter

ATNU

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 27 Dec 2021

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 03 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Properties of Matter

Chapter

MATT

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 3 due on Wednesday of Week 7 (5 Jan) at 11:45 PM AEST

Week 8 Begin Date: 10 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Heat and Thermodynamics

Chapter

HTTH

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 2 due on Wednesday of Week 8 (12 Jan 2022) at 11:45 PM AEST.

Week 9 Begin Date: 17 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Two Dimensional mechanics

OR

Waves and Optics


Chapter

2DME

OR

OPTC

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 10 Begin Date: 24 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Finish additional module and review

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 31 Jan 2022

Module/Topic

Electricity

Chapter

ELEC

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assignment 3 due on Wednesday of Week 11 (2 Feb) at 11:45 PM AEST
Week 12 Begin Date: 07 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

Magnetism

and review all modules

Chapter

MAGN

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 4 due on Wednesday of Week 12 (9 Feb) at 11:45 PM AEST.

Exam Week Begin Date: 14 Feb 2022

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Quiz 5 due on Wednesday of Week 13 (16 Feb) at 11:45 PM AEST.

Examination: The date and time of the examination will be available through MyCQU approximately six weeks before the examination period.

Term Specific Information

Unit Coordinator:

Dr Clinton Hayes

(07) 49309246

c.hayes@cqu.edu.au

Rockhampton North Campus 32/G.39

Assessment Tasks

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quiz(zes)

Task Description

This assessment item comprises five Moodle quizzes, which require you to answer questions, solve problems and complete calculations covered by the nominated modules. All quizzes are worth 4% each.

  • Quiz 1 - MEAS module. Available in Moodle from week 1. 
  • Quiz 2 - MOTN and FORC modules. Available in Moodle from week 2. 
  • Quiz 3 - AMAH module. Available in Moodle from week 4. 
  • Quiz 4 - ELEC module. Available in Moodle from week 8.
  • Quiz 5 - MAGN module. Available in Moodle from week 9.

Mark allocations are indicated on the individual questions in each quiz. The due dates of each can be found in the PHYS40110 Moodle site and on the schedule.

The quizzes are comprised of multiple-choice, matching and/or short answer questions. Follow the information provided on the quiz site about presenting formulas and/or units correctly. The resources provided on the PHYS40110 Moodle site contain all the relevant material (content, examples and practice quizzes) required to complete the assessment. Please ensure that you do not use the internet in seeking answers, as this assessment is not a research task, but is assessing your knowledge and understanding of topics covered in the unit. Moreover, the information from some sites is unreliable, generalised or not as specific as is required for this assessment.


Number of Quizzes

5


Frequency of Quizzes


Assessment Due Date

Quiz 1: 24 Nov 2021. Quiz 2: 1 Dec 2021. Quiz 3: 5 Jan 2022. Quiz 4: 9 Feb 2022. Quiz 5: 16 Feb 2022.


Return Date to Students

The quiz will automatically return a result on completion.


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

Marks will be awarded for the correct response to multi-choice and short answer questions.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Recall fundamental physics concepts and techniques
  • Solve quantitative and qualitative problems using appropriate physics and mathematical techniques
  • Analyse information using physics techniques
  • Improve physics comprehension through effective reflective practice.

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Assessment

Task Description

This assessment item comprises three written assignments, which require you to answer questions, solve problems and complete calculations covered by the nominated modules. Each assignment is worth 10%.

  • Assignment 1 - MOTN, FORC and WENM modules. Assignment 1 will be released via Moodle by Friday of week 2. It will be returned via Moodle.
  • Assignment 2 - ATNU and MATT modules. Assignment 2 will be released via Moodle by Friday of week 5. It will be returned via Moodle.
  • Assignment 3 - HTTH module and the chosen additional module, either 2DME or OPTC. Assignment 3 will be released via Moodle by Friday of week 8. It will be returned via Moodle.

The resources provided on the PHYS40110 Moodle site contain all the relevant material (content, examples and practice quizzes) required to complete the assessment. Please ensure that you do not use the internet in seeking answers, as this assessment is not a research task, but is assessing your knowledge and understanding of topics covered in the unit. Moreover, the information from some sites is unreliable, generalised or not as specific as is required for this assessment.


Assessment Due Date

Assignment 1: 15 Dec 2021. Assignment 2: 12 Jan 2022. Assignment 3: 2 Feb 2022.


Return Date to Students

Two academic calendar weeks from due date or submission date, whichever is later.


Weighting
30%

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 accuracy of the answer, setting out, showing correct steps in the solution as well as calculating 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

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Recall fundamental physics concepts and techniques
  • Solve quantitative and qualitative problems using appropriate physics and mathematical techniques
  • Analyse information using physics techniques
  • Communicate physics in a competent, logical and professional manner
  • Improve physics comprehension through effective reflective practice.

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
50%

Length
180 minutes

Minimum mark or grade
35

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
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