PHYS06007 2013 PHYSICS 1

General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
N/A %
Subject Area
PHYS - Physics
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Richard Sherlock
Programme Membership
SG_SPHAR_C06 201300 Higher Certificate in Science in Pharmaceutical Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SSCIE_C06 201600 Higher Certificate in Science SG_SSCIE_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SHUMA_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Human Nutrition SG_SHUMA_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition SG_SSCIE_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Science SG_SHUMA_B07 201800 Bachelor of Science in Science in Human Nutrition

This is an introductory Physics course relevant to all fields of Science. The principal topics include mechanics, materials and heat and consist of lab investigations in these areas.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explain physical laws and definitions of Mechanics, Materials, and Heat..


Solve numerical problems in Mechanics, Materials and Heat.


Describe the physical laws and concepts underlying specified example applications.


Describe the operation of specified instruments for performing physical measurements.


Perform Physics experiments in accordance with supplied instructions.


Report the performance of a Physics experiment in a prescribed manner, presenting results, processing and interpreting data, and deducing informed conclusions.

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative self-assessment quizzes will be available to learners via the course Moodle site. The quizzes will be included at the end of each section of the module on an approximately weekly basis and will enable learners to gauge their progress.

Three summative on-line quizzes will be held at regular intervals during the module encourage engagement with the module, monitor progress and provide feedback.

Laboratory skills and report-writing ability will be assessed weekly as part of the practical work performed during the module.

An end of semester terminal written exam will be used to assess the learner's integrated understanding of the module.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Applied Mathematical Skills

  • Scientific notation & basic arithmetic using scientific notation
  • SI units, unit prefixes and unit conversions
  • Graphing data and calculating slopes
  • Errors & error estimation
  • Scalars & vectors


  • Kinemtics
  • Forces and Newton's Laws
  • Circular motion
  • Work and energy
  • Statics


  • States of matter
  • Elastcity in solids
  • Physics of fluids
  • Pressure


  • Heat and temperature
  • Thermal properties of solids
  • Phase changes
  • Heat transfer mechanisms
  • Introduction to thermodynmics and the Gas Laws

Laboratory practicals related to syllabus topics

  • Experiments in the areas of Mechanics, Materials, and Heat.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
65 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
35 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Multiple Choice & Calculated Short Question (Moodle Quiz) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 5 % Week 5 1,2,3,4
2 Multiple Choice & Calculated Short Question (Moodle Quiz) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 5 % Week 9 1,2,3,4
3 Multiple Choice & Calculated Short Question (Moodle Quiz) Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 5 % Week 13 1,2,3,4
4 Practical Evaluation Laboratory Report Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 50 % OnGoing 5,6
5 Continuous Assessment Physics problems Formative UNKNOWN - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 35 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Practical 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 1.5 Weekly 1.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Franklin et al., "Introduction to Biological Physics for the Health and Life Sciences", John Wiley & Sons Ltd. (2010) ISBN 978-0-470-66593-0

Cutnell & Johnson, "Introduction to Physics", 9th Ed., John Wiley & Sons Ltd. (2013) ISBN 978-1-11809243-9

O'Regan, Real World Physics, 1st Edition, Folens, Publishers.

Other Resources

Scientific calculator

Additional Information