Course Title: Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

Course Code: ONPS5684C

Course Title: Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6122 - Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Dr Elmas Aliu
GPO Box 2476V, Melbourne 3001
Phine: +61 3 9925 4360 FAX: +61 3 9925 4377


Kemps Cheng

Phone: +61 3 9925 4691


Nominal Hours: 60

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 covers the law of physics and how they apply to solving electrotechnology related problems. It encompasses working safely, knowledge of measurements of physical phenomena, linear and angular motion, harmonic motion, wave theory, optics, acoustics and heat capacity and transfer, use of measurement techniques, solving physics related problems and documenting justification for such solutions.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UEENEEE082A Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems


1. Prepare to apply physics to developing solutions to electrotechnology related problems.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 OHS procedures for a given work area are identified, obtained and understood.
1.2 1.2 OHS risk control work preparation measures and procedures are followed.
1.3 The nature of the problem is obtained and understood from documentation or from work supervisor.
1.4 Problems are clearly stated in writing and/or diagrammatic form to ensure they are understood and appropriate methods used to resolve them.
1.5 Equipment and testing devices needed to develop solutions to problems are obtained and checked for correct operation and safety


2. Apply the laws of physics to developing solutions to electrotechnology problems.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 OHS risk control work measures and procedures are followed.
2.2 Tests and measurements are undertaken in strict accordance with OHS requirements and within established safety procedures.
2.3 Knowledge of laws of physics are drawn to develop resolutions problems in static and dynamics including tests and measurements and interpreting their results.
2.4 Theoretical and measured values are applied to developing solutions to problems in static and dynamics
2.5 Consideration is given to adverse effects in the developed solutions of problems
2.6 Unexpected situations are dealt with safely and with the approval of an authorised person.


3. Report solutions of problems in static and dynamics.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Proposed solutions to electrotechnology problems are documented with science based justification for the solutions.
3.2 Known adverse effects and outcome of developed solution are included in the report
3.3 Solution report is forwarded to the and appropriate person notified in accordance with established procedures

Learning Outcomes

Refer to Elements

Details of Learning Activities

You will involve in the following learning activities to meet requirements for this competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates.

  • Tutorial
  • Practicals
  • Lecture

Engineer Australia Mapping Information:

EA1.1. Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering
EA1.2. Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline.
EA1.3. In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline.
EA1.4. Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
EA1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline.
EA1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the specific discipline.
EA2.1. Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving.
EA2.2. Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources.
EA2.3. Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes.
EA2.4. Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects.
EA3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA3.5. Orderly management of self and professional conduct.
EA3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership.

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with competency UEENEEE082A in the Assessment Matrix.


Students will participate face to face in

- Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the core essential understanding with applications of Motion, Force, Units, Linear motion, Displacement , Motion in a vertical plane , Acceleration of Gravity ,Projectile motion, Laws of Motion , Weight , Friction, Energy , Work , Power , Momentum, Circular Motion and Gravitation, Rotational Motion, Simple harmonic motion and vibration, Waves and Sound, Electromagnetic waves, Optics, Acoustics and ultrasonics and Heat capacity and heat transfer.

- Work simulation activities focus in technical leadership activities, which include: team building, identify team member’s work task, clear and concise dissemination of ideas and information, planning and organising activities to meet requested standards. Demonstrate leadership characteristic, such as: problem solving, keeping records and documenting tasks.

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia.

Engineering employment requires the capacity to work effectively in teams, to communicate effectively in both oral and writing and to learn effectively. In order to prepare students for employment as graduates they will be provided a quality assured teaching and learning environment which is conductive to the development of adult learning. Adult learning is characterised by the students accepting responsibility for their own learning and actively participating in the learning process as individuals and as contributors to the teams. Adult learning is the hallmark of a professional. The specific responsibilities as adult learners in respect of this subject are:
. to be aware of and to observe the regulations related to plagiarism
. to submit (on time) all work for assessment as required
. to complete all pre-reading and preparatory work prior to the class for which it will be used
. to effectively use the academic staff resources provided (consultation time, tutors, e- mail etc)
. to participate as an effective and honest member of a learning team
. to contribute effectively to a group of peers in a climate of mutual respect and to question each other and the academic staff when uncertain

Teaching Schedule


 The proposed teaching schedule for this competency is detailed below:

Week Topic DeliveredElements/Performance criteria
1Introduction to the competency of Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems

Measurement encompassing
• SI units in measurement of physical phenomena
• Uncertainty and tolerance
• Scalar and Vector quantities. Vectors
Vector addition (Graphical and trigonometric method). Resolving a vector
• Assignment (Part A) handed out (worth 5% of total mark) due date end of week 4.

2Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems energy on mathematical concepts as:
Motion, Force, Units, Linear motion, Displacement
• Motion in a straight line
• Velocity
• Acceleration
• Distance, Velocity and Acceleration
Motion in a vertical plane
Acceleration of Gravity
Falling Bodies
Projectile motion
3Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems energy on concepts such as
Laws of Motion
• First Law of Motion
• Mass
• Second Law of Motion
Third Law of Motion
• Static and kinetic friction
• Coefficient of friction
• Rolling Friction
4Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems energy on concepts as
• Work
• Power
• Efficiency
• Kinetic Energy
• Potential Energy
• Rest and Conservation of Energy

 Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems energy on concepts as
• Linear Momentum
• Impulse
• Collisions
Assignment handed out (worth 15% of total mark) due date end of week 16.

6Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems energy on concepts as
Circular Motion and Gravitation
• Centripetal Acceleration
• Centripetal Force
• Motion in a Vertical Circle
• Gravitation
• Satellite Motion

Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems energy on concepts as
Rotational Motion
• Angular Measure
• Angular Velocity
• Angular Acceleration
• Moment of inertia
• Moment of inertia
• Torque
• Rotational Energy and Work
• Angular Momentum


Practice test and revision

9Closed book Test
(worth 30% of total mark)
10Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems energy on concepts as
Simple harmonic motion and vibration
Restoring force
Elastic Potential Energy
Simple harmonic motion Period of frequency
Displacement, frequency and Acceleration
Energy, Pendulum
11Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems energy on concepts as
Waves and Sound
• Waves
• Waves Properties
• Logarithms
Waves and Sound
• Sound
• Doppler Effect
12Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems energy on concepts as Electromagnetic waves and propagation


13 Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems energy on concepts as Optics
• Mirrors and lenses
• Optical fibre
Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems energy on concepts as
Acoustics and ultrasonics
15Apply physics to solving electrotechnology engineering problems energy on concepts as
Heat capacity and heat transfer
Fluid power

Practice Exam and revision



Closed Book Exam

(worth 50% of total mark)


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Applied Physics By Arthur Beiser



Serway “Principles of Physics" Jacob Fraden Handbook of Modern Sensors: Physics, Designs, and Applications (Handbook of Modern Sensors) By, Publisher: Springer, Publication Date: 2003-12-04


Other Resources

Resource materials will be available on myRMIT>Studies>ONPS5684C

Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Assignment Part A
Weighting towards final grade (%): 5

Assessment 2: Assignment Part B
Weighting towards final grade (%): 15

Assessment 3: Closed Book Test 1
Weighting towards final grade (%): 30

Assessment 4: Closed Book Final Test
Weighting towards final grade (%): 50

These tasks assesses the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix 

Element/Performance Criteria CoveredAssignment (Part A)Assignment (Part B)Closed Book Test 1Closed Book Final Test
1.1x xx
1.3  xx
1.4  xx
1.5xx x
2.1xx x
2.2   x
2.3xx x
2.4  xx
2.5  xx
2.6   x
3.1xx x
3.3xx x






Assessment Tasks

  • Assignment, 20%
  • Closed Book Test, 30%
  • Closed Book Exam, 50%

This course is graded as Competent or Not Yet Competent and subsequently the following course grades are allocated:
80 - 100: CHD - Competent with High Distinction
70 - 79: CDI - Competent with Distinction
60 - 69: CC - Competent with Credit
50 - 59: CAG - Competency Achieved - Graded
0 - 49: NYC - Not Yet Competent
DNS - Did Not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs UEENEEE082A Elements & Performance Criteria

 UEENEEE082A Elements & Performance Criteria
Assignmentxx  xx x   xxx
Closed Book Testxxxx    xx  x 
Closed Book Examxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies

 Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Assignmentxxx x  xxx x xxxx 
Closed Book Testxxx x  xxx      x 
Closed Book Examxxx xx xx  xx xx  
ALL ASSESSMENTS (UEENEEE082A)333211332 112222 
0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element

Other Information

  • Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignment, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is 28 hours outside the class time.

Study and Learning Support:

Study and Learning Centre (SLC) provides free learning and academic development advice to you. Services offered by SLC to support your numeracy and literacy skills are:

- Assignment writing, thesis writing and study skills advice
- Maths and science developmental support and advice
- English language development

Please Refer to find more information about Study and learning Support

Disability Liaison Unit:

If you are suffering from long-term medical condition or disability, you should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and support to complete your studies.

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Late Submission:

If you require an Extension of Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) and have valid reasons, you must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program Manager.
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. You will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgement as to whether the extension has been granted.

If you seek an Extension of Submittable Work for more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days after the official due date.

Submittable Work (assignments, reports or project work etc.) submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special Consideration:

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Plagiarism is a form of cheating and it is very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University.

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Email Communication:

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