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


TRN RMIT Training


Term2 2018,
Term2 2019,
Term1 2020,
Term2 2020,
Term 1 2021,
Term2 2021

Course Coordinator: Team Leader

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3061

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre-requisite courses but you are expected to be competent in basic mathematical skills particularly in algebra and trigonometry.

Course Description

In this algebra-based course you will be introduced to the key concepts in Newtonian Mechanics as well as develop your skill in conducting and reporting experimental investigations.

The course aims to provide you with the scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills required for further study at tertiary level in the fields of engineering, applied sciences and computing science.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate how to use the correct conventions, terminology and language when communicating information about physics.
  2. Solve conceptual and numerical problems using a variety of techniques.
  3. Define and apply the key concepts relating to the kinematics and dynamics of uniformly accelerated motion, projectile motion and circular motion.
  4. Explain and apply the conservation laws relating to energy and linear momentum.
  5. Define and apply the concept of a field relating to gravitation.
  6. Measure, record and evaluate experimental quantities accurately to the appropriate number of significant figures and give an estimate of the uncertainties.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will participate in a range of learning activities such as:

  • preparing notes
  • participating in class discussions
  • completing sets of problems
  • accessing online materials
  • performing and reporting practical exercises

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. There is no prescribed textbook but notes, exercises and past exam papers as well as important announcements, staff details, the teaching and assessment schedules can all be accessed at myRMIT:

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment will include:

  • Task 1: Topic Quizzes, 30% CLO 1, CLO 2, CLO 3, CLO4, CLO 5
  • Task 2: Laboratory Exercises and Reports, 30% CLO 1, CLO 2, CLO 6
  • Task 3: Final 2 hour Examination, 40% CLO 2, CLO 3, CLO 4, CLO 5

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: