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

Course Coordinator: A/Prof Lan Wang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 5872

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.06.14

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

The course assumes no previous background in Physics. Facility in Mathematics Methods Year 11 and 12 is required. A concurrent first-year Mathematics course will assist in Physics.

Course Description

This course is a first-year core component of the engineering intake to the School of Electrical and Communication Engineering. It provides an introduction to some of the key concepts in physics, in particular those relevant to the electrical engineering discipline. The first year Mathematics course which is normally taken simultaneously with this course is advantageous.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The primary capabilities developed by this course are:
• Knowledge capability: a basic ability to use fundamental concepts of physics, in particular mechanics, electromagnetism and semiconductor physics.
• Critical analysis and problem solving: Students will be encouraged to analyse problems through a number of techniques, including physical simplification and modeling, and making links with established theory. These techniques will be applied in particular to a range of practical physical situations.

On successful completion of this course ,you will:
• Be able to state fundamental physical laws pertaining to classical mechanics and energy, electromagnetism, and semiconductor physics.
• be able to solve a variety of problems in the above areas.
• be able to conduct experimental investigations in a scientific manner.  

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcome:

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

Overview of Learning Activities

Course material will be presented and explained in lecture classes, with examples and demonstrations.
You will practise solving problems and applying concepts through exercises and assignments, some of which will be submitted for assessment.
You will participate in laboratory investigations which illustrate the course content and prepare reports on your findings.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture notes for this course can be downloaded on a week-by-week basis.

Overview of Assessment

There is ongoing assessment during the semester to encourage you to engage with the material and to give feedback on progress. Assignments will include both conceptual and numerical problems. Assignments will be performed with web-based assessment. Problems include some exercises which require integration of concepts across different topics in the course. 
A final examination will test conceptual understanding of the material, and the ability to complete numerical and mathematical exercises.

Assessment will consist of:

 Assignments 30%

Problem sheets 20%

Final exam 50%