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

Course Coordinator: Dr Jackson Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2427

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 14.06.02

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no enforced requisite courses for this course. Knowledge of Mathematical Methods from years 11 and 12 of high school is assumed. It is advantageous to take a first year undergraduate course in mathematics simultaneously with this course.

Course Description

This course is part of the first year of electrical engineering programs within the School of Engineering. It is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of physics that are relevant to electrical engineering, i.e. 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 the successful completion of this course you will have achieved the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs).

CLO-1 Knowledge of the fundamental physical laws that are relevant to the engineering discipline, i.e. the physical laws that underpin classical mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, and quantum physics.

CLO-3 Competence in performing numerical calculations to solve unfamiliar problems in the fields of physics that are relevant to electrical engineering.

CLO-2 Ability to model a range of physical situations from real life through critical analysis by making links between these situations and established theory.

CLO-4 Ability to undertake numerical calculations and scientific predictions based on a critical analysis of physical situations in real life.

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 practice solving problems and applying physics concepts. These tutorials will assist you to consolidate the course material and provide a means of feedback on your progress and understanding.

3. Private study that consists of working through the course material presented in lectures and gaining practical experience at 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.

5. Completion of written assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter.


Total study hours

64 Teacher Guided hours, 64 Learner Guided hours

Overview of Learning Resources

This course is presented using a combination of classroom instruction, tutorial sessions, online quizzes, notes, and a prescribed textbook. Other reference texts and resources will also be available from the RMIT Bookshop and Library.


The course material will be presented to you through lectures. An online portal for the course will be used to distribute the course material and give you access to notes, tutorial worksheets, quizzes, and assignments.

Overview of Assessment

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 weekly using an online portal. These may include either conceptual and/or numerical problems. Your knowledge of the course material will be further tested through a number of written assignments. Finally, a written examination at the end of semester will test your conceptual understanding of the material and your ability to solve numerical problems.

The assessment tasks for this course are comprised of the following four components:

1. Participation in weekly tutorials that are worth 10% of your final grade (CLOs 1 to 4).

2. Weekly online quizzes that are worth 20% of your final grade (CLOs 1 to 4).

3. Three written assignments that are worth 20% of your final grade (CLOs 1 to 4).

4. A written examination that is worth 50% of your final grade (CLOs 1 to 4).