Course Title: Physics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Physics

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Krista Bayliss

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6070

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Level 4, B108

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Physics is a study of how the physical world works. In this course students are introduced to key Physics principles and their everyday applications in a range of areas including mechanics; waves, particles and light; electric fields, magnetic fields and electromagnetism. Additionally, students develop skills in conducting experimental investigations, collecting and analysing data, and reporting. The emphasis is on improved critical thinking skills, and on developing an ability to approach and solve physics problems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

See Learning Outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply the rules of, and expectations for, academic study and assume responsibility for your own actions to work effectively as an individual and/or as a member of a group;
  2. Develop and express ideas through independent reading, the creation of images, and the collection and interpretation of data and information; 
  3. Communicate ideas with clarity, logic, and originality in both spoken and written English;
  4. Construct coherent arguments, narratives or justifications of issues, problems or technical processes when undertaking analytical, practical or creative tasks; and
  5. Use a range of contemporary digital and learning technologies, tools and methods common to the discipline.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate how to use the correct conventions, terminology and language when communicating information about Physics.
  2. Solve conceptual and numerical problems using a variety of techniques.
  3. Explain and apply key concepts relating to mechanics; waves, particles and light; electric fields, magnetic fields and electromagnetism.  
  4. Conduct experiments safely and analyse and interpret results and errors to formulate and justify conclusions.

Overview of Learning Activities

This course includes a blend of didactic, active, and collaborative learning activities designed to meet the needs of international students. The course encourages the process of inquiry, application and reflection through student centred learning and teaching activities including practical work in studio environments and laboratories . In doing so, there will be a focus on the development of critical and analytical thinking skills that promote problem solving, independent research skills and group work. Students will develop their technology skills through engagement in formative and summative assessments. The course will maximise the use of the learning management system by incorporating flipped and blended methodologies. This may be complemented by guest lectures, excursions and speakers with discipline specific work life expertise to further connect content to the professional world and generate opportunities for reflective practice.

Overview of Learning Resources

Various learning resources are available through RMIT’s learning management system,  Canvas. In addition to assessment details and a study schedule, you will also be provided with links to relevant course information, class activities and communication tools.  

Other learning resources are also available online through RMIT Library. Visit the RMIT library website for further details. Academic and learning support is provided through Study Success at RMIT Training. The Foundation Studies home group program will also provide support, navigating university systems, advice on living and studying in Melbourne as well as explaining RMIT university policy and procedures.

Additional resources and/or sources to assist your learning will be identified by your course coordinator and will be made available to you as required during the teaching period.

Overview of Assessment

 Assessment Type Assessment Description Weighting
Laboratory Portfolio

Laboratory Exercises and Reports. Five to be completed.

100 minutes duration under class supervision. Individual Reports completed in class on computer and submitted by e-submission. Held in weeks 5, 7, 12, 15, 16.

Multiple Choice and Short Answer Tests. Two to be completed.

Two 50-minute tests during the semester. The first test in the week before the mid-semester break, examining all work studied up until that time. The second test in week 17, examining all work studied in the second half of the semester. Each test 25% multiple choice and 75% short answer.
Individual Report and Group Video Presentation

This assessment requires students to: 1. Research and prepare an individual written report; and, 2. Collaborate in a group of up to three students, who have researched the same topic, to produce a video presentation. The report and video presentation will explain in detail the application of Physics principles in a particular modern-day context. A range of contexts will be provided for students to choose from.

The report will be in the range 600 - 800 words, plus up to five diagrams or tables of data, and include:

  • analysis of the context in which the Physics principles are being applied
  • analysis of the basic Physics principles being applied
  • demonstration of the link between the Physics principles and the context being studied
  • discussion of the technological implications associated with the application of Physics in the particular context, with an emphasis on recent innovations, new technologies and ethical considerations where relevant.

The group will produce a pre-recorded video (5 mins to 6 mins long) using an application such as Loom. This will involve the students pooling their research and providing an oral presentation making use of charts, diagrams or sketches as appropriate. The product will be assessed according to a rubric provided and explained at the commencement of the assessment task.


 (15% Report, 15% Video Presentation)