PHYS40110 - Introductory Physics

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will prepare students for university study in engineering or the physical sciences. Students 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.


Level Non-award
Unit Level Not Applicable
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 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Term 3 - 2019 Profile

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 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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Examination 50%

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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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: Staff feedback
Relevance of unit content to both medical and engineering courses
Review applicability to both health related and engineering undergraduate courses.
Action Taken
Discussions were held between staff members and across schools. The content has been found to be relevant.
Source: Unit Evaluation, Student feedback (email, verbal)
Timely feedback from lecturers
Continue to promote Zoom feedback sessions, or face-to-face with lectures on campuses when offered.
Action Taken
Zoom, telephone and face-to-face meetings were offered to students.
Source: Unit evaluations
Positive comments on unit structure and lecturer support
Continue with the unit structure and lecturer support.
Action Taken
Source: Unit evaluations Self-reflection
Issues with errors in textbook examples
Correct all known errors. Continue to review, and edit to improve the quality of the textbook.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Use available resources to select and apply appropriate introductory physics techniques to correctly solve quantitative and qualitative problems
  2. Reflect on assessment feedback to improve physics comprehension
  3. Recall and apply appropriate fundamental physics concepts and techniques to correctly solve problems
  4. Communicate physics in a competent, logical and professional manner

This course has no external accreditation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Self Management
2 - Communication
3 - Information Literacy
5 - Problem Solving
6 - Critical Thinking
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Examination