Course Title: Apply knowledge of physical principles

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

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 / Teacher: Mr Ahmet Ertuncay
Tel. 9925 8375 Fax. 9925 4377

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.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Measurements are converted between different unit systems.
1.2 Vernier scales are correctly used to accurately measure
1.3 Uncertainties in measurement are determined.
1.4 Scientific notation is correctly applied.
1.5 The system of SI units including multiples and submultiples is
correctly applied.
1.6 Graphing techniques are correctly applied.


2. Identify and define the properties of materials.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 The concept of density can be explained.
2.2 A simple kinetic model of matter as applied to solids, liquids and
gases can be described.
2.3 Pressures exerted by solids on their bases can be calculated.
2.4 The concepts of stress and strain can be explained.
2.5 The elastic limit and ultimate stress can be described.
2.6 Hooke’s law can be explained.


3. Identify and define the basic principles of heat.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 The difference between heat and temperature can be explained.
3.2 Different temperatures can be measured.
3.3 Conversions between different temperature scales can be
3.4 The concepts of latent heat and sensible heat can be explained.
3.5 The heat transfer processes of conduction, convection and
radiation can be demonstrated.


4. Solve simple problems involving vectors.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The difference between scalar and vector quantities can be
4.2 Resultant vectors can be determined graphically or by
4.3 Vectors can be resolved into rectangular components.


5. Solve simple problems involving forces and moments.

Performance Criteria:

5.1 The principles of mass and weight can be explained in terms of
inertia and force.
5.2 The concept of equilibrium can be used to analyse a system of
5.3 The centre of gravity can be demonstrated.
5.4 The concept of moments can be explained.
5.5 The moment effect of a simple system of forces can be


6. Identify and define the basic properties of electricity.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The main features of electrical safety can be demonstrated.
6.2 The use of circuit breakers and fuses can be shown.
6.3 The properties of voltage, current and resistance can be
identified and explained
6.4 A digital multimeter can be used to accurately measure voltage,
current and resistance in an electrical circuit.
6.5 Simple circuits can be analysed.
6.6 Shorts and open circuits can be explained.
6.7 Fault finding can be carried out using a multimeter.
6.8 The differences between AC and DC current can be explained.
6.9 The concept of electrical power can be described.


7. Carry out and report on experiments related to the determination of physical properties.

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Equipment is used safely, and in accordance with
manufacturer’s instructions.
7.2 Written instructions for experiments are followed accurately.
7.3 Results are recorded and presented accurately and clearly.
7.4 Experimental data and calculated results are analysed, drawing
valid conclusions and critically evaluating experimental
7.5 Experiments aims, rationale, procedures, data, calculations,
analysis and conclusions are presented in correctly formatted
technical reports.


8. Solve quantitive problems

Performance Criteria:

8.1 Translate problems from text, laboratory situations and real life
into diagrammatic and mathematical terms.
8.2 Identify relevant formulae, rearranging if necessary.
8.3 Substitute values into formulae and solve for the unknown,
quoting correct units and the appropriate number of significant
8.4 Use order of magnitude calculations to check the validity of
8.5 Solve problems arising from practical work.

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
2Measurements Classroom assessments
3Properties of materials  
4Properties of materials Classroom assessments 
6Heat  Classroom assessments
7Determination of physical properties Classroom assessments
8  Written Major test 1 (Units 1, 2, 3 and 7, week 8) 
10Vectors Classroom assessments
11Forces and Moments  
12Forces and Moments Classroom assessments 
15Electricity Classroom assessments
16Solve quantitive problems Classroom assessments
17  Written Major test 2 (Units 4, 5, 6 and 8, 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 two assessments for this course and each assessment is two hour closed book, you must obtain pass result from all assessment tasks.
Assessment 1 – Written Major Test 1
This test is closed book and to cover the content of topics Measurements,  Properties of materials and Heat.
This test will have a weighting of 50 % of the final overall assessment mark.
Assessment 2 – Written Major Test 2
This test is closed book and to cover the content of topics Vectors, Forces and Moments and Electricity.
This test will have a weighting of 50 % of the final overall assessment mark.

To be deemed competent students must demonstrate an understanding of all elements of a competency.
Students are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to their teacher to ensure that the relevant competency standards are being met. Students will be provided with feedback throughout the course to check their progress.
Classroom asssessments 1 to 8 all relate to competency based nature of C6093 program. Satisfactory completion of this competency based component requires your active participation to all classroom activities. Satisfactory completion of this component entitles student to sit for the major tests.
To obtain higher grades, either “Credit’, ‘Distinction’ or ‘High Distinction’ for this course, student needs to take Major Test 1 and Major Test 2 and successfully complete the first part of the major tests.

Major Test 1 and Major Test 2 are both compulsory.

Assessment details:

Major Test 1 and Test 2 – These assessments are taken by students to obtain higher grade, either “Credit’, ‘Distinction’ or ‘High Distinction’ for this course (in addition to having successfuly completion of the first part of the major tests).
These assessments are written tests (closed book) to cover content so far delivered. They will focus on the students’ ability to solve problems and provide logical solutions to practical exercises. These assessments will have a weighting of total 100% of the final overall assessment mark.

Note: Students may not be entitled to any supplementary work. All assessments need to be passed, failing one or more assessment task will result in failing the course.

Assessment Matrix

Competency / ModuleClassroom


Major test 1
       50 %



Major Test 2 
       50 %

Measurementsx            x     
Properties of materials x           x     
Heat  x          x     
Vectors     x            x
Forces and Moments      x           x
Electricity       x          x
Determination of physical properties            x        x     
Solve quantitive problems                  x        x

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