Year
2021
Units
4.5
Contact
2 x 50-minute lectures weekly
1 x 50-minute tutorial weekly
5 x 50-minute workshops per semester
3 x 3-hour laboratories per semester
2 x 50-minute supervised studies per semester
4 x 2-hour on-line exercises per semester

Non Semester attendance
9 x 1-hour lectures weekly
1 x 3-hour laboratory weekly
2 x 3-hour on-line exercises weekly
2 x 1-hour key compentency tests weekly
Assessment
Practicals, Key Competency Tests, Examinations, TBL Workshop
Topic description

This topic will focus on the ways in which physics underpins our everyday life. Students will develop an understanding of natural phenomena through consideration of contemporary issues that humanity faces in the 21st century. Examples of these include understanding the universe and our place within it, securing the world's future energy needs, climate change, improving health and medicine. Exploration of these issues will demonstrate how Physics informs our modern world and the way in which it works.

The topic assumes no prior knowledge of Physics, and is designed to be accessible to anyone with an interest in understanding the world we live in.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Demonstrate how a wide variety of everyday phenomena can be understood with just a few Physics principles
  • Describe the cosmos and the celestial objects making up the large scale structure of the universe
  • Describe atoms and atomic particles making up the small scale structure of the universe
  • Provide an understanding of energy and its impact on society and environment
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Appreciate how everyday phenomena can be understood in terms of just a few physics principles
  2. Understand the universe and our place within it
  3. Articulate the science behind global warming
  4. Understand the role of radioactivity in the environment and its uses in technology and medicine
  5. Understand the importance of energy and issues relating to our energy in our society
  6. Improve quantitative reasoning skills
  7. Perform practical exercises in the laboratory
  8. Develop an appreciation for the processes by which scientific knowledge is obtained and evaluated
  9. Solve problems relating to the concepts developed throughout the course

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.

FULL

If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.