Junior Physics Units

Each Unit is divided into Modules, usually presented by different lecturers. See "Who is my lecturer?" for more details.

* Most Junior Physics Units of Study have resources provided on eLearning pages. Students enrolled in those Units can use the eLearning link to access their own Unit of Study page and hence the web resources for that unit.
* Information on most Units and lecture Modules is accessible by clicking on the relevant name to download the latest available Outline in PDF format. Outlines are usually updated shortly before the relevant lectures start. Outlines from the previous year are usually good indicators for the new outline but may differ in detail.
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Junior Units Offered by Physics Semester 1 Semester 2

Science Units
PHYSICS

PHYS1001
PHYS1002
PHYS1901

PHYS1003
PHYS1004
PHYS1500
PHYS1902

Science Units
Computational
Physics

 

COSC1003
COSC1903

Education Units

 

EDUH1017
EDUP2008

Health Science Units MRTY1031 MRTY1036

Semester 1 Units of Study

PHYS1001 Physics 1 (Regular)

Time of Offer: 1st Semester
Credit Points: 6

This unit of study is designed for students who studied physics at high school and have 65 marks or better in HSC Physics (or equivalent).

Modules studied (2014): Mechanics; Thermal Physics; Oscillations and Waves; Experimental Physics (html)

Unit Outline (2014)
University Physics by Young and Freedman (13th edition)

PHYS1002 Physics 1 (Fundamentals)

Time of Offer: 1st Semester
Credit Points: 6

This unit of study is for students who have not studied physics before or who scored less than 65 in HSC physics.

Modules studied (2013): The Language of Physics; Mechanics; Oscillations and Waves; Experimental Physics (html)

Unit Outline (2014)
College Physics by Knight, Jones and Field (2nd edition)

PHYS1901 Physics 1A (Advanced)

Time of Offer: 1st Semester
Credit Points: 6

Advanced units of study are designed to cater for students who have a strong background in physics and interest in studying more advanced topics. Students must have an ATAR score greater than 95 or an HSC Physics result in Band 6 (a mark of 90 or above) or equivalent.

Modules studied (2013): Mechanics; Thermal Physics; Waves, Oscillations and Chaos; Experimental Physics (html)

Unit Outline (2014)
University Physics by Young and Freedman (13th edition)

MRTY1031 Medical Radiation Physics

Time of Offer: 1st Semester
Credit Points: 6

Medical Radiation Physics is designed specifically for students enrolled in the
Bachelor of Applied Science (MRS) Diagnostic Radiography
to provide basic knowledge and understanding of concepts in physics relevant to the use of ionising radiation in medicine - specifically X-rays. It will present an examination of the structure of matter, types of ionising radiation and their interactions with matter, all within the context of medical imaging and therapy.

Unit Outline (2014)
MRTY1031 website


Semester 2 Units of Study

PHYS1003 Physics 1 (Technological)

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6

This unit of study emphasises the technological applications of physics and draws examples from these areas.

Modules studied (2013): Electricity and Magnetism; Fluids; Quantum Physics; Experimental Physics (html)

Unit Outline (2013)
University Physics by Young and Freedman (13th edition)

PHYS1004 Physics 1 (Environmental and Life Science)

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6

This unit of study emphasises applications of physics in the fields of the life and biological sciences and includes examples of environmental issues.

Modules studied (2013): Electricity and Magnetism; Properties of Matter; Radiation and its Interactions with Matter; Experimental Physics (html)

Unit Outline (2013)
College Physics by Knight, Jones and Field

PHYS1500 Astronomy

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6

This unit of study is suitable for both science and non-science students. It can be taken alone or in combination with any other junior physics units of study.
Note that this unit does not, by itself, provide the background necessary for studying Physics at higher levels.

Modules studied: Solar System; Stars; The Galaxy; Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology

Unit Outline (2013)
Web Outline (2013)
The Cosmic Perspective by Bennett et al. (7th edition). See Unit Outline for more details.

PHYS1902 Physics 1B (Advanced)

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6

This follows on from the first semester advanced unit of study. Other students may enrol on consultation with the Junior Physics Coordinator if you gain a Distinction or better at the Regular or Fundamentals level in the first semester exam.

Modules studied (2012): Electricity and Magnetism; Fluids; Quantum Physics; Experimental Physics (html)

Unit Outline (2013)
University Physics by Young and Freedman (13th edition)

COSC1003 Introduction to Computational Science

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6

This COSC unit of study focuses on scientific problem solving and data visualization using computers. Students will learn how to solve problems arising in the natural sciences and mathematics using core features of MATLAB and C, with a choice of problems from various areas of science. No previous knowledge of programming is assumed.

Note that this unit is a new combination of two previous smaller units.

Unit Outline (2013)

COSC1903 Introduction to Computational Sci. (Adv.)

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6

This COSC unit of study is the advanced version of COSC 1003, featuring more challenging problems and some additional programming and visualisation techniques. Students must have an ATAR of 90 or above or a Distinction or better in another COSC or SOFT unit.

Note that this unit is a new combination of two previous smaller units.

Unit Outline (2013)

EDUH1017 Sports Mechanics

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6

Sports Mechanics provides a basic knowledge and understanding of concepts in mechanics to students enrolled in BEd (Secondary) (Human Movement and Health Education). It is presented with a minimum level of mathematics and the mechanics concepts discussed are illustrated with examples from everyday experience and sporting activities.

Unit Summary (2013)
EDUH1017 website

EDUP2008 Science Concepts 2

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6

Science Concepts 2 is a unit of study for all students enrolled in the BEd (Primary Education). It and builds on work in Science Concepts 1. The unit provides students with a background in science, children's understanding of scientific concepts and science as a human endeavour relating to physics and geoscience, relevant to their curriculum studies in K-6 Science

provides students with a background in science relevant to their curriculum studies in K-6 Science and Technology. For further information consult the Handbook entry on this unit or the .

MRTY1036 Health Physics and Radiation Biology

Time of Offer: 2nd Semester
Credit Points: 6

Medical Radiation Physics is designed specifically for students enrolled in the
Bachelor of Applied Science (MRS) Diagnostic Radiography
to provide basic knowledge and understanding of concepts in radioactivity and ultrasound, laying the foundation for understanding ultrasonic transducers, cyclotrons and radiation detectors. It also explores the effects of ionising and non-ionising radiation on biological systems, including implications for radiological protection.

Unit Summary (2013)
MRTY1036 website