Course Title: Physics 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Physics 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020


RMIT University Vietnam


171H School of Science


Viet1 2019,
Viet3 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Jackson Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2427

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.06.09A

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no mandatory prerequisites for this course. Knowledge from Mathematical Methods in years 11 and 12 of high school is assumed. It is advantageous to take a first-year undergraduate course in mathematics alongside this course.

Course Description

This course is part of first-year engineering programs within the School of Engineering. It is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of physics that are relevant to engineering, i.e. classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, and quantum physics. This course is offered by the Physics discipline within the School of Science.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will achieve the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs).

CLO-1 Understanding of the basic concepts that underpin the physics of natural phenomena.

CLO-2 Competency in tackling unfamiliar problems in physics by making links between real life examples and established theory.

CLO-3 Use of scientific conventions and mathematical notation in the presentation of solutions to numerical problems pertaining to physics.

CLO-4 Use of a systematic method for solving numerical problems related to the study of physics.

CLO-5 Ability to solve numerical problems in physics as part of a team, through discussion and critical analysis.

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) that are common to BH071 Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications Engineering) (Honours), BH072 Bachelor of Engineering (Computer and Network Engineering) (Honours), BH073 Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), and BH075 Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering).

PLO-1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

PLO-1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.

PLO-1.5 Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is delivered through the following Learning Activities.

1. Attendance of lectures where course material is presented through discussions, worked examples, and demonstrations.

2. Attendance of tutorials where you will complete worksheets as part of your formative assessment. These tutorials will assist you in consolidating the course material and provide a source of feedback on your understanding.

3. Private study to review the course material presented in lectures, read the textbook, and practice solving conceptual and numerical problems from the textbook and other sources.

4. Completion of weekly online quizzes that are designed to give you further practice in the application of course material, as well as feedback on your understanding. These also form part of your formative assessment.


Total study hours

48 Teacher-guided hours, 72 Learner-guided hours

Overview of Learning Resources

This course is presented using a combination of lectures, tutorials, online quizzes, notes, and a prescribed textbook. The course is supported by the Canvas learning management system.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.


The assessment for this course is ongoing throughout the semester. This is to encourage you to engage with the course material as it is presented, and to provide you with regular feedback. Quizzes will be delivered each week using Canvas. These may include either conceptual or numerical problems. A written examination will be undertaken at the end of the semester. There are no hurdle requirements for this course.

The assessment tasks are summarised as follows.

1. Worksheets completed in tutorials that are worth 30% of your final grade, addressing CLOs 1 to 5.

2. Weekly online quizzes that are worth 20% of your final grade, addressing CLOs 1 to 3.

3. A written examination that is worth 50% of your final grade, addressing CLOs 1 to 4.