Introductory Physics (10000.2)
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|Faculty Of Science And Technology
|Academic Program Area - Science
|Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
In particular, the unit emphasises learning by experimentation and investigation through data analysis congruent with the overall philosophy underpinning scientific education at UC.
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Identify key physical processes that underpin biological, medical and environmental systems and associated technologies;
2. Demonstrate an understanding of scientific evidence, quality and relevance;
3. Apply creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems through experiment design, data collection and interpretation;
4. Demonstrate skills in communication and working with each other through tutorials/workshops;
5. Apply skills in information literacy and numeracy through search, collation and analysis of evidence; and
6. Analyse complex physical problems commonly found in real-world situations.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
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Paul G. Hewitt, (2014) Conceptual Physics, 12th Edition (Global edition), Pearson Education Australia
This text is linked to the online support system Mastering Physics, which will be available to all students in this unit through Canvas. You do not need to purchase access to Mastering Physics separately. Limited copies of the textbook are available from the UC library.
An e-book version of the text is available for purchase direct from the publisher. This can be purchased here.
L. Kirkup (1994), Experimental methods. An introduction to the analysis and presentation of data, John Wiley and Sons, Australia. The textbook is available from the UC library. This text will be useful for handling and interpreting data in laboratory exercises and the independent investigation, but it is not a required text.
Submission of assessment items
Special assessment requirements
The final mark for this subject will be calculated by an accumulation of marks from each assessment item. To achieve a
passing grade or higher in this subject, students must:
- Attend at least 80% of workshop classes; and
- Attempt all assessment items; and
- Achieve an average mark of 40% or higher on the in-class tests; and
- Achieve a final aggregate mark of 50% or higher.
The Unit Convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Deferred In-class Test
In the event a student misses any in-class test due to illness or other exceptional circumstances, the student must request a deferred test by completing the In-class Test Deferred Application accessible from the unit's Canvas site. The application must be submitted within 3 days of the scheduled test. Students must provide a medical certificate or other relevant documents as requested by the unit convener before sitting the deferred test.
The contact hours for each student in this unit consist of 22 hours of lectures (2 hrs x 11 weeks), 36 hours of workshops (3 hrs x 12 weeks), 3 hours of in-class tests (1 hr x 3 weeks). The remaining 89 hours of workload should be distributed across self-directed study and the various assessment tasks.
Participation in all lectures is highly recommended and will enhance your understanding of the unit content and therefore the quality of your assessment responses. Lack of participation may result in your inability to satisfactorily pass assessment items. Participation in lab and tutorial sessions is a compulsory condition of this unit. A student must participate in at least 80% of the workshops in order to pass the unit. In the event that you cannot attend your assigned workshop due to illness or unavoidable commitments, contact the Unit Convener as soon as possible to negotiate an alternative workshop class (if available). You will need to provide a medical or counsellor's certificate to attend an alternative session.
Required IT skills
An ability to use basic word processing software and Excel.
Students are required to have a 200 page lab journal (see requirements in Section 5a: Lab Journal assessment) and access to a scientific calculator.
Students will also need access to the recommended textbook and a computer with internet connection. If needed these resources can be accessed via the library and on-campus PC labs, respectively.
Work placement, internships or practicums
Foundation of Unit
This unit involves research-led education and/or work-integrated learning. There are active researchers delivering this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out. The major assignment (Independent Investigation) is designed to develop research skills in the student cohort.
Provision of information to the group
Notifications through the Canvas Announcements Forum or the Canvas Discussion Forums are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the Unit's Canvas website (Canvas forum messages are also emailed to student email addresses only). Students should ensure they check their student email regularly. The Canvas discussion forums will be checked by staff regularly.