Course Title: Concepts in physics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: PHYS5001

Course Title: Concepts in physics

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3305 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Name: Mr Iain McKenzie

Room: 51.07.05

Phone: 9925 4723 (On Campus Extension 54723)


Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This module covers the skills and knowledge required to investigate the major concepts in physics and their basic application.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU20931 Concepts in physics


1. Describe and determine basic quantities in the measurement of straight line motion

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Key terminology relevant to the description of straight line motion are explained. 1.2 Measurements of displacement and time are made from observations of straight line motion. 1.3 Determinations of velocity and acceleration are made from straight line motion data. 1.4 Displacement and velocity graphs are plotted from straight line motion data. 1.5 Descriptions of motion are made from displacement and velocity graphs.


2. Explain the basic concepts in Newton’s laws of motion

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Key terminology relevant to the laws of motion are explained. 2.2 The effect on the movement of a body in the absence of a net force is described. 2.3 The relationships between the net force, acceleration and mass are explained. 2.4 The relationship between gravity, mass and weight are explained. 2.5 Observable phenomena that illustrate the motion of an object consistent with Newton's first and second laws are explained. 2.6 Observable phenomena that illustrate reactive forces consistent with Newton's third law are explained.


3. Explain the basic concepts in magnetism

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Magnetic forces in relation to the north and south poles of a compass are defined. 3.2 The difference between a magnetised and non-magnetised piece of iron are explained. 3.3 The production of magnetic fields by an electric current are explained. 3.4 The construction of an electromagnet is described. 3.5 Factors that affect the strength of a magnetic force are explained. 3.6 The use of magnets in day to day life are identified.


4. Explain the properties and behaviour of sound

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The movement of sound through various mediums is explained. 4.2 The representation of sound by the use of a wave is explained. 4.3 The meaning of intensity, its representation and measurement are explained. 4.4 The meaning of frequency, its representation and measurement are explained. 4.5 The meaning of velocity, its representation and measurement are explained. 4.6 The impact of the Doppler effect on frequency is explained

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include:
face to face teaching,
Laboratory experiments 

Teaching Schedule

Weekly Schedule

Week No








3rd July

Straight line motion




10th July

Straight line motion




17th July

Straight line motion




24th July

Straight line motion

Lab 1



31st July

Newton’s laws of motion

Worksheet 1 

(Topic 1)



7th August

Newton’s laws of motion





14th August

Newton’s laws of motion

Quiz 1 

(Topic 1, 2)



21st August

Newton’s laws of motion


Lab 2

28th August: Mid Semester Break



4th September






11th September



Lab Report 




18th September



Lab 3




25th September





2nd October



Worksheet 2 

(Topic 2, 3)



9th October



Lab 4


16th October


Quiz 2 

(Topic 3, 4)



23rd October

All Topics




30th October

All Topics

Final Exam

Final Exam             


Some dates might change. Your teacher will let you know the date and room number in advance through blackboard email or announcement.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include the following:
written tests, worksheets, reports and assignments


Assessment Tasks

 Assessment task Due date Value
 Worksheet 1 18th Aug 10%
 Worksheet 2 6th October 10%
 Laboratory reports 6th October & 27th Oct 10%
 Open book quizzes 18th Aug & 20th Oct 30%
 Final exam week 17 40%





Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Assessment information:

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved (50 – 59%)
NYC Not Yet Competent- graded (0 – 49%)
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exams, pracs, and assignments etc.) For example, if there are two exams you need to have an average of 50% to pass and you also need to have passed the other assessment types. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the exams but fail the prac component).

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

• APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination


  • A minimum of 80% attendance at practical classes is required to pass this course. If you are sick you should submit a medical certificate to 6th floor office addressed to the Program Coordinator. If you miss a practical class that is a prac report write up you need to provide a medical certificate (or other evidence) and arrange an alternative report with your teacher

Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.

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