Course Title: Apply knowledge of physical principles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2010

Course Code: CIVE5698

Course Title: Apply knowledge of physical principles

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Program Coordinator: Mr Tony Skinner
Tel. 9925 4444 Fax. 99254377

Teacher: Mr Ahmet Ertuncay
Tel. 9925 8375 Fax. 99254377

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 unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required by a person working in or dealing with an engineering design office in the basic principles of science that underpin the field of engineering.  Basic skills and knowledge in the scientific method and correct processes for carrying out tests and experiments and reporting findings is also included.  It facilitates technical communication and the abilty to work as a team member.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDX180B Apply knowledge of physical principles


1. Apply the concepts, specific technical terms and procedures used in measurement.
2. Identify and define the properties of materials.
3. Identify and define the basic principles of heat.
4. Solve simple problems involving vectors.
5. Solve simple problems involving forces and moments.
6. Identify and define the basic properties of electricity.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Convert measurements between different unit systems.
1.2 Demonstrate the use vernier scales.
1.3 Determine uncertainties in measurement.
1.4 Apply scientific notation.
1.5 The system of SI units including multiples and submultiples is explained.
1.6 The use of graphing techniques can be demonstrated.
2.1 The concept of density is explained.
2.2 A simple kinetic model of matter as applied to solids, liquids
and gases is described.
2.3 Pressures exerted by solids on their bases are calculated.
2.4 The concepts of stress and strain are explained.
2.5 The elastic limit and ultimate stress is described.
2.6 Hooke’s law is explained.
3.1 The difference between heat and temperature is explained.
3.2 Different temperatures are measured.
3.3 Conversions between different temperature scales are calculated.
3.4 The concept of latent heat and sensible heat are explained.
3.5 The heat transfer processes of conduction, convection and radiation are demonstrated.
4.1 The difference between scalar and vector quantities is explained.
4.2 Resultant vectors are determined graphically or by calculations.
4.3 Vectors are resolved into their components.
5.1 The principles of mass and weight can be explained in terms of force.
5.2 The concept of equilibrium is demonstrated.
5.3 The centre of gravity is demonstrated.
5.4 The concept of moments is explained.
6.1 The main features of electrical safety are demonstrated.
6.2 The use of circuit breakers and fuses are shown.
6.3 The properties of voltage, current and resistance are identified and explained.
6.4 A digital multimeter is used.
6.5 Simple circuits are analysed.
6.6 Shorts and open circuits are explained.
6.7 Fault finding is carried out using a multimeter.
6.8 The differences between AC and DC current is explained.
6.9 The concept of electrical power is described.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Teacher-led :
- Recognise and correctly use the terms and procedures used in measurement.
- Identify SI units including length, area, volume, mass and time.
- Identify and convert the measurements.
- Define the concept of density, stress and strain.
- Define the Hook’s Law.
- Apply Hook’s Law.
- Identify and define the basic principles of heat.
- Identify the differences between the heat and the temperature.
- Identify the reasons and results of Latent Heat and Specific Heat.
- Explain and demonstrate conduction, convention and radiation.
- Explain and demonstrate the calculation of heat flow and temperature values between the composite walls.
- Explain the difference between Scalar and Vector quantities.
- Calculate components of a vector.
- Calculate moments and couples, and parallel forces.
- Determine and describe the differences and the use of Mass and Weight.
- Describe and evaluate equilibrium.
- Calculate the location of the Centre of Gravity.
- Describe the use of Electricity.
- Describe the differences between DC and AC circuits.
- Describe and calculate voltage, current, resistance and power.
Student-based problem-solving :
- Participate in individual problem solving activities completed to industry standard related to typical engineering workplace problems requiring:
- Calculate all parameters related to the length, area and volume.
- Calculate and complete test work sheets for length by using vernier calliper.
- Calculate all parameters related with mass, volume, density, force, moment, gravity and pressure.
- Calculate and convert all parameters related with the heat and temperature.
- Calculate the quantities as vector or scalar.
- Calculate the values of currents, resistances and power.
- Solve the problems from Contemporary College Physics (2001 update) Jones and Childers, McGraw-Hill publication.

Teaching Schedule

Course Code: CIVE5698 Course Name: Apply knowledge of physical principles

Week NumberTopic Content Delivery
Including Learning activities
Learning Outcome
Assessment task
3Properties of materials Written test 1 (week 3)
4Properties of materials  
5Properties of materials  
6Heat Written test 2 (week 6)
9Vectors Written test 3 (week 9)
12Forces and Moments Written test 4 (week 12)
13Forces and Moments  
14Forces and Moments  
15Electricity Written test 5 (week 15)
17Electricity Written test 6 (week 17)
18Course feedback
Final Assessment

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

From online notes posted on blackboard.


Contemporary College Physics (2001 update), Dr. Edwin Jones and Dr. Richard Childers, McGraw-Hill publication.

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Tasks
There are six assessments for each learning elements and each assessment is one hour closed book, you must obtain pass result from all assessment tasks. The six assessments all contribute to the final result for this course. There are no extensions to assessment tasks. See attached Assessment Task schedule.
Assessment 1 – Written test 1
This test is closed book and to cover the content of topic Measurements.
This test will have a weighting of 10 % of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 2 – Written Test 2
This test is closed book and to cover the content of topic Properties of materials.
This test will have a weighting of 15 % of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 3 – Written Test 3
This test is closed book and to cover the content of topic Heat.
This test will have a weighting of 20 % of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 4 – Written Test 4
This test is closed book and to cover the content of topic Vectors.
This test will have a weighting of 15 % of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 5 – Written Test 5
This test is closed book and to cover the content of topic Forces and Moments.
This test will have a weighting of 20 % of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 6 – Written Test 6
This test is closed book and to cover the content of topic Electricity.
This test will have a weighting of 20 % of the final overall assessment mark.

Assessment Matrix

Competency / ModuleWritten Test 1
10 %
Written Test 2
15 %
Written Test 3
20 %
Written Test 4
15 %
Written Test 5
20 %
Written Test 6
20 %
Properties of materials x    
Heat  x   
Vectors   x  
Forces and Moments    x 
Electricity     x

Other Information

You need to obtain minimum PASS from all assessment tasks, failing one or more assessment task will result in failing the course.

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