Course Title: Apply knowledge of physical principles

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5232

Course Title: Apply knowledge of physical principles

Portfolio: SET

Nominal Hours: 50.0

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.

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


130T Engineering (TAFE)


Course Contact: Program Manager

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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.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

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 properties 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.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to elements.

Overview of Assessment

To achieve competence in this unit a student must demonstrate competence to industry standard in each element in terms of selected performance criteria and underpinning knowledge and skills.
A higher grading may be achieved by demonstrating competence in terms of additional performance criteria and underpinning knowledge and skills.

Context of assessment
This unit will be assessed in the classroom and the laboratory environment using holistic assessment based on typical workplace activities.
Assessment Method
1. Exams/tests
2. Laboratory work (where possible)
3. Practical work/demonstration

The format of the test will include case studies and scenarios based on typical workplace activities to support problem-based assessment of ability to accurately complete calculations to industry standards. The industry standards applied will reflect those stated in the curriculum document under the sub-heading: ‘Critical aspects of assessment’

Students will have access to manufacturer’s charts and a list of relevant formulae, equations and material constants.