Course Title: Applied Science 1 - Physics and Chemistry

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied Science 1 - Physics and Chemistry

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Professor Ewan Blanch

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 2890

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 3.3.10

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is an introduction to both Physics and Chemistry for students studying Engineering.
The Physics module covers linear and rotational motion and mechanics and is intended to be of equal interest to you with, or without, a school Physics background.
The chemistry module is designed to increase your understanding of materials and substances. The main focus of the chemistry lectures will be to discuss the fundamentals underlying the properties and reactivity of materials and substances encountered in the fields of Civil and Geological Engineering.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

PLO-1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline.

PLO-1.3 You will demonstrate an understanding of the role and importance of evidence in the continuous evolution of scientific knowledge.

PLO-2.1 You will have broad knowledge in your chosen discipline, with deep knowledge in its core concepts.

PLO-3.3 You will be able to choose appropriate tools and methods to solve scientific problems within your area of specialization.

PLO-3.4 You will demonstrate well-developed problem solving skills, applying your knowledge and using your ability to think analytically and creatively.

PLO-4.1 You will be able to communicate the solution to a problem or the results of a scientific investigation using effective oral, written and presentation skills.

PLO-5.1 You will develop a capacity for independent and self-directed work.

PLO-5.2 You will work responsibly, safely, legally and ethically.

PLO-5.3 You will develop an ability to work collaboratively.


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to: 

  1. Apply physical models to solve problems in linear and rotational mechanics.
  2. Describe some basic fundamentals of atomic structure and the electronic configuration of atoms
  3. Describe some key characteristics of different types of chemical bonding.
  4. Solve problems involving stoichiometry and chemical equations.
  5. Describe the different forms of energy in systems and know how this contained energy can change during a chemical reaction.
  6. Describe a range of chemical reactions such as acid – base, decomposition and redox reactions.
  7. Analyse laboratory data.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn in this course by:

  • attendance at lectures where material will be presented and explained, and the subject will be illustrated with demonstrations and examples;
  • private study, working through the theory as presented in lectures, texts and notes, and gaining practice at solving conceptual and numerical problems;
  • completing tutorial questions designed to give you further practice in application of theory, and feedback on your progress and understanding;
  • completing written and online assignments consisting of numerical and other problems requiring an integrated understanding of the subject matter;
  • undertaking a number of laboratory experiments related to the theory topics, and preparing reports on their outcomes.

Total Study Hours

120 Total study hours comprised of 80 hours of Teacher Guided and 40 hours of Learner Guided

Overview of Learning Resources

Extensive use will be made of the prescribed text and associated on-line resources, through the myRMIT website. Other references and resources will also be available from the RMIT Bookshop and Library, and online. You will use laboratory equipment and computer-aided learning facilities within the Schools for project and assignment work

Overview of Assessment

Note that:

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment 1:

Class test: 25% (Addresses CLOs 1-7)

Assessment 2:

Laboratory : 25% (Addresses CLOs 1-7)

Assessment 3:

Examinations: 50% (Addresses CLOs 1-7)