Course Title: Physical Sciences in Action

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Physical Sciences in Action

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 1 2024


RMIT University Vietnam


171H School of Science


Viet1 2023,
Viet1 2024

Course Coordinator: Dr. Andrew Martin

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Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to fundamental concepts and theories within the Physical Sciences, such as Physics, Chemistry and Geospatial Science. The course will present and discuss real-world examples of how Physical Sciences contribute to problem solving and decision-making processes in contemporary societal, industrial, technological and environmental challenges. These will highlight the value of analytical reasoning using data measurement (including practical/laboratory approaches) and analysis techniques. The course will enable you to bring understanding of Physical Sciences and the associated technical, transferable and communication skills into your studies in science and enhance your future career. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) for:

BH116 Bachelor of Surveying (Honours)
BH117 Bachelor of Geospatial Science (Honours)
BP083 Bachelor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics
BP192 Bachelor of Environmental Science
BP199 Bachelor of Food Technology and Nutrition
BP330 Bachelor of Space Science

On completion of this course, you should be able to: 

  1. Apply scientific and foundational concepts and theories across the physical sciences to real life scenarios.   
  2. Identify and analyse physical sciences concepts and practices from real world challenges.    
  3. Apply practical skills to investigate and measure physical systems using a scientific method to solve problems.   
  4. Analyse and interpret data using scientific conventions and appropriate mathematical notation.   
  5. Explain the role of the physical, chemical, and geospatial sciences in meeting global challenges and priorities.   
  6. Communicate physical, chemical and/or geospatial science related global challenges in a diverse and multidisciplinary team.   

Overview of Learning Activities

You will undertake an integrated series of immersive learning experiences and activities to develop fundamental conceptual and practical understanding and experience in physical sciences. A blended learning approach will be used involving face-to-face experiential learning activities complemented by online learning and team-based activities. 

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Social Reading/Online Quiz Assessment 
Weighting 30%  
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4 

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory Assessments (3 practical tasks) 
Weighting 45%  
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4  

Assessment Task 3: Showcase Assessment 
Weighting 25 % 
This assessment task supports CLOs 5 & 6  

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.