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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 SCA 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 3 - 2015

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Mackay
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Brisbane
Distance
Mackay
Melbourne
Perth
Sydney
Term 3 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Mackay
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Mackay
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Mackay
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Mackay
Online
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Mackay
Online
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mackay
Online
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mackay
Online
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Mackay
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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 20.74% response rate.

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: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Many students commented on the engaging and clear delivery of lecture content.
Recommendation
Maintain and update lectures as required.
Action Taken
All lectures were updated between 2020 - 2021 to provide explicit connection to specific weekly learning goals.
Source: Unit evaluation and emails from students
Feedback
Students found it difficult to manage workloads due to some lecture content being made available at different times of the week.
Recommendation
Content has been redistributed during the term, which caused problems with making it available in a timely manner. Now this has been completed, it won’t be an issue in future.
Action Taken
Learning resources are released in advance of the week of study.
Source: Unit evaluation and emails from students
Feedback
Many students found the tutorials helpful and felt that they were a 'safe space' to ask questions and seek clarification.
Recommendation
Maintain and update tutorials as required.
Action Taken
Tutorials maintain their format. Questions have been updated following the redistribution of weekly content.
Source: Student informal communications, instructor reflection
Feedback
The final test has been provided as a Word document for students to complete offline and upload by the due date/time. While it does have the advantage of using Turnitin to check originality, there are disadvantages. Some students did not read instructions regarding the need to submit by the deadline.
Recommendation
Administer the final online test as a Moodle quiz.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Have Your Say feedback, instructor reflections
Feedback
The two written assignments are intended to provide students opportunities to get feedback on the response writing in advance of the final test. Student feedback indicates that most students found both the assessment task and the assessment feedback useful for their learning. Many students spend a large quantity of time constructing a relatively small number of responses for those assignments. They are then unprepared for the time management required of them in the final test.
Recommendation
Review the assessment strategy with the teaching team to replace one or more of the written assignments with an online test that includes long answer responses.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Teaching team observations
Feedback
A critical part of the learning strategy for this unit is the weekly tutorial where students are able to share their prepared responses to posted questions and learn how to improve responses relative to assessment criteria. Even with these weekly sessions included in the timetable to ensure students plan their availability for the class, relatively few students attend. Many students do not recognise how the tutorials help them build skills for assessment as well as supporting theory knowledge. Many students also do not understand how the assessment criterial are applied to the marking or how to use the feedback provided. If students see a more explicit connection between tutorials and assessment success, participation may increase.
Recommendation
Modify the weekly tutorial plan to include discussion of one sample test question to analyse and include sample responses that are critiqued relative to assessment criteria.
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