Course Title: Examine concepts in physics

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: PHYS5002

Course Title: Examine concepts in physics

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4386 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4837

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Mila Keightley

Nominal Hours: 50

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 describes the skills and knowledge required to examine the major concepts in physics such as motion, magnetism and sound and their basic application.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22070 Examine concepts in physics


1. Describe and determine basic quantities in the measurement of straight line motion

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Explain key terminology relevant to the description of straight line motion 

1.2 Make measurements of displacement and time from observations of straight line motion

1.3 Make determinations of velocity and acceleration from straight line motion data

1.4 Plot displacement and velocity graphs from straight line motion data

1.5 Make descriptions of motion from displacement and velocity graphs 


2. Explain the basic concepts in Newton's laws of motion

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Explain key terminology relevant to the laws of motion

  2.2 Describe the effect on the movement of a body in the absence of a net force 

2.3 Explain the relationships between the net force, acceleration and mass 

2.4 Explain the relationship between gravity, mass and weight

2.5 Explain observable phenomena that illustrate the motion of an object consistent with Newton’s first and second laws             

2.6 Explain observable phenomena that illustrate reactive forces consistent with Newton’s third law 


3. Explain the basic concepts in magnetism

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Describe magnetic forces in relation to the north and south poles of a compass 

3.2 Explain the difference between a magnetised and non-magnetised piece of iron

3.3 Explain the production of magnetic fields by an electric current

3.4 Describe the construction of an electromagnet 

3.5 Describe factors that affect the strength of a magnetic force 

3.6 Identify the use of magnets in day to day life 


4. Explain the properties and behaviour of sound

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Explain the movement of sound through various mediums.

4.2 Explain the representation of sound by the use of a wave 

4.3 Explain the meaning of intensity, its representation and measurement

4.4 Explain the meaning of frequency, its representation and measurement 

4.5 Explain the meaning of velocity, its representation and measurement  

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include:
face to face teaching,
Laboratory experiments 

Teaching Schedule

Weekly Schedule



Examine Concepts in Physics


Semester 1


Week beginning




5 Feb


Review of basic mathematical and physical concepts




12 Feb

Review of basic mathematical and physical concepts





19 Feb


Quiz 1


26 Feb

Electromagnetic Spectrum




Lab 1


5 March

Properties and behaviour of sound and light

Movement of sound through various mediums

Representation of sound by the use of a wave

Intensity, frequency & velocity- representation and measurement



12 March

Straight line motion




19 March

Basic concepts in Newton’s laws of motion


Lab 2


26 March


Mid Semester Break




2 April


Quiz 2


9 April


More concepts in Newton's laws of motion




16 April


Lab 3 

Lab 3


23 April


Newton’s first and second laws





30 April

Ohm’s Law


Voltage Current




7 May

Magnetism & magnetic forces





14 May

Lab 4 

Lab 4


21 May


Laboratory Reports


28 May




4 June

Final Test

Final Test


Overview of Assessments

    Assessment Task

Weighting %


Assessment 1 – Quiz 1


Week 3


Assessment 2 – Quiz 2


Week 9


Assessment 3 - Laboratory Reports


Week 15


Assessment 4 – EOY Assessment


Week 17




Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are no prescribed texts for this course. Materials will be provided via the online learning management system, Canvas.

You will need a computer, some basic software, e.g.: Microsoft Word  and an internet connection. You also will receive some of your learning materials in hard copy but you will still use CANVAS for most of your course.

RMIT University 



Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include the following:
written tests, worksheets, practical reports and assignments

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task  Due date  Value
Quiz 1

Week 3


Quiz 2

Week 9


 Laboratory reports

Week 15


 Final Test

week 17



Assessment Matrix


Other Information

Assessment information:

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved (50 – 59%)
NYC Not Yet Competent- graded (0 – 49%)
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exams, pracs, and assignments etc.) For example, if there are two exams you need to have an average of 50% to pass and you also need to have passed the other assessment types. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the exams but fail the prac component).

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

• APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application form should be emailed to the program Coordinator ( Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination


  • A minimum of 80% attendance at practical classes is required to pass this course. If you are sick you should submit a medical certificate to 6th floor office addressed to the Program Coordinator. If you miss a practical class that is a prac report write up you need to provide a medical certificate (or other evidence) and arrange an alternative report with your teacher

Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher.



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