Course Title: Examine concepts in physics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: PHYS5002

Course Title: Examine concepts in physics

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

Campus: City Campus

Program: C3399 - Certificate III in Science

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email: namrita.kaul@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mila Keightley

ludmila.keightley@rmit.edu.au

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

None

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to examine the major concepts in physics such as motion, magnetism and sound and their basic application.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22070 Examine concepts in physics

Element:

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

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explain key terminology relevant to the description of straight line motion 

1.2 Make measurements of displacement and time from observations of straight line motion

1.3 Make determinations of velocity and acceleration from straight line motion data

1.4 Plot displacement and velocity graphs from straight line motion data

1.5 Make descriptions of motion from displacement and velocity graphs 

Element:

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

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Explain key terminology relevant to the laws of motion

  2.2 Describe the effect on the movement of a body in the absence of a net force 

2.3 Explain the relationships between the net force, acceleration and mass 

2.4 Explain the relationship between gravity, mass and weight

2.5 Explain observable phenomena that illustrate the motion of an object consistent with Newton’s first and second laws             

2.6 Explain observable phenomena that illustrate reactive forces consistent with Newton’s third law 

Element:

3. Explain the basic concepts in magnetism

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Describe magnetic forces in relation to the north and south poles of a compass 

3.2 Explain the difference between a magnetised and non-magnetised piece of iron

3.3 Explain the production of magnetic fields by an electric current

3.4 Describe the construction of an electromagnet 

3.5 Describe factors that affect the strength of a magnetic force 

3.6 Identify the use of magnets in day to day life 

Element:

4. Explain the properties and behaviour of sound

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Explain the movement of sound through various mediums.

4.2 Explain the representation of sound by the use of a wave 

4.3 Explain the meaning of intensity, its representation and measurement

4.4 Explain the meaning of frequency, its representation and measurement 

4.5 Explain the meaning of velocity, its representation and measurement  


Learning Outcomes



Details of Learning Activities

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


Teaching Schedule

Weekly Schedule

PHYS5002 

VU22070 

Examine Concepts in Physics

2018

Semester 1

Wk

Week beginning

Topics

Assessments

1

5 Feb

Introduction

Review of basic mathematical and physical concepts

 

 

2

12 Feb

Review of basic mathematical and physical concepts

Light

 

 

3

19 Feb

Revision

Quiz 1

4

26 Feb

Electromagnetic Spectrum

Dispersion

Polarisation

Interference

Lab 1

5

5 March

Properties and behaviour of sound and light

Movement of sound through various mediums

Representation of sound by the use of a wave

Intensity, frequency & velocity- representation and measurement

 

6

12 March

Straight line motion

 

 

7

19 March

Basic concepts in Newton’s laws of motion

 

Lab 2

8a

26 March

 

Mid Semester Break

 

 

8b

2 April

Revision

Quiz 2

9

9 April

 

More concepts in Newton's laws of motion

  

 

10

16 April

 


Lab 3 

Lab 3

11

23 April

 

Newton’s first and second laws

 

 

 

12

30 April

Ohm’s Law

Electricity

Voltage Current

Resistance

 

13

7 May

Magnetism & magnetic forces

 

 

 

14

14 May

Lab 4 

Lab 4

15

21 May

 

Laboratory Reports

16

28 May

Revision

 

17

4 June

Final Test

Final Test

 

Overview of Assessments

    Assessment Task

Weighting %

Due

Assessment 1 – Quiz 1

25%

Week 3

23.02.18

Assessment 2 – Quiz 2

25%

Week 9

06.04.18

Assessment 3 - Laboratory Reports

25%

Week 15

25.05.18

Assessment 4 – EOY Assessment

25%

Week 17

TBC

 

 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

 

There are no prescribed texts for this course. Materials will be provided via the online learning management system, Canvas.

You will need a computer, some basic software, e.g.: Microsoft Word  and an internet connection. You also will receive some of your learning materials in hard copy but you will still use CANVAS for most of your course.

RMIT University 

Library http://www1.rmit.edu.au/library

 


Overview of Assessment

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


Assessment Tasks

Assessment task Due date Value
Quiz 1

Week 3

23.02.18

 25%
Quiz 2

Week 9

06.04.18

 25%
 Laboratory reports

Week 15

25.05.18

 25%
 Final Test

week 17

TBC

 25%
   


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 http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/assessment/extension) at least 24 hours before the due date. The application form should be emailed to the program Coordinator (namrita.kaul@rmit.edu.au). 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 http://www1.rmit.edu.au/students/specialconsideration

 

  • 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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