Contextual Physics with Mathematics (11725.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Science And Technology|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|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)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Identify key physical principles and processes and apply them to biological, medical and environmental systems and associated technologies;
2. Apply basic mathematical skills to a variety of physical concepts;
3. Apply creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
4. Formulate scientific questions and design, conduct, document and evaluate experiments to effectively address them; and
5. Analyse and interpret data, including consideration of sources of experimental uncertainty, their treatment, and evaluation of their impact on data.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
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
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
Equivalent units10000 Introductory Physics
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Dr Adrian Dusting|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Dr Adrian Dusting|
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 (free of charge) to all students in this unit through Canvas. Access to an electronic copy of the book is available through Mastering Physics. 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 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 12 hours of lectures (1 hrs x 12 weeks), 33 hours of workshops (3 hrs x 11 weeks) and 3 hours of in-class tests (1 hr x 3 weeks). There are an additional up to 12 hours of online lecturettes. The remaining 90 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. Similarly, engagement with lecturettes and other materials provided online is considered essential. The content across all delivery modes is designed to complement without repetition. Lack of participation may result in your inability to satisfactorily pass assessment items.
Students failing to engage with lecture and lecturette material prior to weekly workshops will find the practical material difficult and will struggle with conducting and analysing the experiments. The workshops will be delivered with the expectation that students are familiar with the lecture and lecturette content.
Participation in workshops 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 and spreadsheet software.
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
Workshops for this unit are run in a laboratory environment. It is essential that students are familiar with lab safety requirements and students are required to complete a lab safety quiz (through Canvas) prior to their first workshop. Safety practices include wearing closed-toed shoes while in the laboratory. Without appropriate footwear, lab access will be denied.
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.