PHYS06008 2013 PHYSICS 2

General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
PHYS - Physics
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
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_SSCIE_C06 201700 Higher Certificate in Science

This is Physics course relevant to all fields of Science.

Learning Outcomes

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


Explain physical laws and definitions of waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, light & optics and nuclear physics.


Solve numerical problems in waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, light & optics and nuclear physics.


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 to 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


  • Types of Wave
  • Frequency, wavelength & speed
  • Superposition, diffraction & interference
  • Standing waves & resonance


  • Nature of sound
  • Pitch & timbre
  • Intensity, sound intensity level & loudness
  • Doppler effect


  • Charge & Coulomb's law
  • Conductors & insulators
  • Electric field
  • Electric potential (voltage) & energy
  • Electrical current
  • Ohm's law & resistance
  • Electrical power & paying for it


  • Magnetic forces & fields
  • Interaction of magnetic fields & moving charges

Light & optics

  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Physics of colour
  • Reflection & refraction
  • Simple mirrors and lenses
  • Thin lens formula
  • The eye & vision
  • Dispersion, prisms & gratings

Nuclear physics

  • Structure of the atom
  • Nuclei & isotopes
  • Radioactive decay & stability
  • Ionising radiation
  • Applications & risks of ionising radiation

Laboratory practicals related to syllabus topics

  • Experiments in the areas of Waves, Sound, Electricity, Magnetism, Light & Optics and Nuclear Physics.

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 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 Independent Learning 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.

O'Regan, Dan 2000, Real World Physics, 1st edition, Folens Dublin [ISBN: 1-84131-391-2]

Giancoli, Douglas C 2004, Physics: Principles with Applications, 6th edition, Prentice Hall New Jersey [ISBN: 0-13-191183-X]

Walker, James S 2007, Physics, 3rd edition, Prentice Hall [ISBN: 0-13-153631-1]

Hewitt, James S., Conceptual Physics, 8th edition, Prentice Hall [ISBN: 0-321-009871-1]

Other Resources

Scientific calculator

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