Course Title: Concepts in physics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: PHYS5001

Course Title: Concepts in physics

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4327 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Teacher: Anar Haque
Ph. +61 3 9925 4755

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

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Description

This course covers the skills and knowledge required to investigate 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

Class discussions, worksheets, labs/practicals, reports, quizzes and examination

Teaching Schedule




Topics Assessment due and weight
12/2/16 Straight line motion  
19/02/16 Straight line motion  
26/02/16 Straight line motion  Lab1
04/03/16 Straight line motion Worksheet 1 10%
11/03/16 Newton’s laws of motion  
18/03/16 Newton’s laws of motion  Quiz 1 15%
25/03/16 Semester break No class
01/04/16 Newton’s laws of motion  Lab2
08/04/16 Newton’s laws of motion  
15/04/16 Magnetism  Lab report 10%
22/04/16 Magnetism  Lab3
29/04/16 Magnetism  
06/05/16 Sound  Worksheet 2 10%
13/05/16 Sound  Lab 4
20/05/16 Sound Quiz 2 15%
27/05/16 Sound  
03/06/16 All Topics Revision
10/06/16  All Topics Final Exam  Final Exam 40%

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1

  • Worksheets X2
  • Individually students will have to solve topic related problems. These are take home work.
  • This is worth 10 % X2=20% of the course grade.

Assessment 2

  • Lab Report
  • Students will work in teams to set up an experiment.
  • Students will interpret the results of their experiment at home and compile a report.
  • This is worth 10% of the course grade.

Assessment 3

  • Quizzes X2
  • Multiple choice, open book quizzes. Individually students will have to attempt these quizzes in class.
  • This is worth 15 X2=30% of the course grade.

Assessment 4

  • Final Examination
  • This is a closed book examination covering all topics in the course.
  • It is worth 40% of the course grade.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

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

  • All assessment types must be passed (tests and worksheets). For example, if there are two tests you need to have an average of 50% to pass. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the tests but fail the worksheet component).
  • 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, or emailed to the Coordinator (
  • Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.
  • Students requiring extensions longer than 7 days must apply for Special Consideration (see the ‘Help me’ link in blackboard, via myRMIT studies or 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 (e.g. medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.
  • If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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