MEDI11002 - Physics for Health Sciences

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit creates the foundations for an understanding of physics as it applies to our world around us, our bodies and our clinical environments. You will learn how to explain observed phenomena, predict changing behaviour and communicate using science conventions. You will apply problem-solving skills and knowledge of physics to find reasonable solutions to both word- and numerical-based situations.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mackay
Online
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mackay
Online
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
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).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 15%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Examination 60%

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

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Previous Feedback

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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.

Source: Have Your say evaluation Unit Coordinator reflection
Feedback
Most of the students found the assessment tasks and marking rubric were clearly explained and structured, which enabled them to successfully complete the assessments.
Recommendation
Maintain the use of clear instructions and marking rubric in future deliveries.
Action Taken
The assessment task instructions and rubrics were maintained for consistency.
Source: Have Your say evaluation Unit Coordinator reflection
Feedback
The lecture videos were effective in disseminating the weekly content.
Recommendation
Maintain the use of short lecture videos for future deliveries.
Action Taken
During Term 1 2019 additional lecture videos were edited to be broken into shorter parts.
Source: Have Your say evaluation Unit Coordinator reflection
Feedback
Those who attended the tutorials found it quite useful as a mode of reviewing and consolidating the weekly key concepts. The availability of recorded tutorials were also appreciated by the student cohort.
Recommendation
Maintain the provision of weekly tutorial sessions and tutorial recording in future deliveries.
Action Taken
In each term, there were multiple time options provided for videoconferenced tutorials, with the number of options proportional to the size of the class. This included revision tutorials at the end of term. A recorded session was available for all weeks.
Source: Have Your Say feedback, teaching team observations
Feedback
The volume of lecture time varied weekly, with three higher volume weeks in the second half of term. Although the average volume per week was about two hours, many students got behind during those higher volume weeks.
Recommendation
Review the depth of content and distribution of content across weeks of study to more evenly balance student weekly workload.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student informal feedback during the term, Have Your Say feedback, unit coordinator observations.
Feedback
All assigment markers used the same structured scoring and feedback form with scoring codes. There was variation in the volume of text feedback. Many students did not understand how to use the feedback of the scoring codes or how to use feedback to reflect on their assignment performance.
Recommendation
Develop an instructional video on interpreting the feedback and using it for improvement of assessment performance.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss fundamental concepts, theories and principles of classical mechanics, matter, heat, sound, electromagnetism, electromagnetic energy and the atom.
  2. Apply fundamental physics concepts, theories and principles to explain physical phenomena of everyday life and clinical situations and to predict outcomes under changing conditions.
  3. Use problem-solving and numeracy skills, knowledge of fundamental physics concepts, theories and principles, and standard conventions of science communication to present reasonable solutions to problems.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination