PHYS06008 2019 PHYSICS 2

General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
N/A %
Subject Area
PHYS - Physics
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Richard Sherlock
Programme Membership
SG_SFORE_G07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Invest & Analys(Emb) SG_SPHAR_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science SG_SPHAR_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science SG_SBIOM_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science SG_SMEDI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Medical Biotechnology SG_SSCIE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science SG_SFORE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science in Forensic Science and Analysis SG_SFORE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Investigation and Analysis SG_SSCIE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Science SG_SSCIE_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Science SG_SANAL_G06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Analytical Science SG_SBIOM_C06 202100 Higher Certificate in Science in Biomedical Science SG_SPHAR_C06 202100 Higher Certificate in Science in Pharmaceutical Science

This is an introductory Physics course relevant to all fields of Science. The principal topics include  waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, light & optics and nuclear physics 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 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.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time in a face-to-face classroom environment. Theory wil be taught in a lecture setting. 3 hrs per week. Laboratory teaching will take place every week in a single 2.5 hour session. Learners will augment face-to-face class time with independent learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

This modulde is 65% continuous assessment, 35% terminal exam.

Three summative on-line quizzes will be held at regular intervals during the module encourage engagement with the module, monitor progress and provide feedback.The assessments will consist of short quizzes involving a combination of multiple choice questions and short calculation questions.

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.

Learners must reach an assigned gate of 25% of the available marks in the end of semester terminal exam and achieve at least 40% overall to pass the subject. 

Learners must attend at least 75% of the available practical sessions to pass the module. 

Formative self-assessment exercises will be available to learners. The resources will be included at the end of each section of the module and will enable learners to gauge their progress.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessments will be of the same kind as any failed elements and can include any required combination of repeat final exam, repeat practical exam, and/or repeat quiz. Under certain circumstances the learner may be required to repeat attend 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

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015-06-12 Introduction to Physics John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 1118651529 ISBN-13 9781118651520

Cutnell and Johnson has been the Number one text in the algebrabased physics market for over 20 years. Over 250,000 students have used the book as the equipment they need to build their problemsolving confidence, push their limits, and be successful. The tenth edition continues to offer material to help the development of conceptual understanding, and show the relevance of physics to readers lives and future careers. Helps the reader to first identify the physics concepts, then associate the appropriate mathematical equations, and finally to work out an algebraic solution

Recommended Reading
2019-05-06 Introduction to Biological Physics for the Health and Life Sciences Wiley
ISBN 9781118934500 ISBN-13 1118934504

A thoroughly updated and extended new edition of this well-regarded introduction to the basic concepts of biological physics for students in the health and life sciences. Designed to provide a solid foundation in physics for students following health science courses, the text is divided into six sections: Mechanics, Solids and Fluids, Thermodynamics, Electricity and DC Circuits, Optics, and Radiation and Health. Filled with illustrative examples, Introduction to Biological Physics for the Health and Life Sciences, Second Edition features a wealth of concepts, diagrams, ideas and challenges, carefully selected to reference the biomedical sciences. Resources within the text include interspersed problems, objectives to guide learning, and descriptions of key concepts and equations, as well as further practice problems. NEW CHAPTERS INCLUDE: Optical Instruments Advanced Geometric Optics Thermodynamic Processes Heat Engines and Entropy Thermodynamic Potentials This comprehensive text offers an important resource for health and life science majors with little background in mathematics or physics. It is also an excellent reference for anyone wishing to gain a broad background in the subject. Topics covered include: Kinematics Force and Newtons Laws of Motion Energy Waves Sound and Hearing Elasticity Fluid Dynamics Temperature and the Zeroth Law Ideal Gases Phase and Temperature Change Water Vapour Thermodynamics and the Body Static Electricity Electric Force and Field Capacitance Direct Currents and DC Circuits The Eye and Vision Optical Instruments Atoms and Atomic Physics The Nucleus and Nuclear Physics Ionising Radiation Medical imaging Magnetism and MRI Instructors support material available through companion website,

Recommended Reading
2010-04-09 Investigating Physics Gill Education
ISBN 0717145883 ISBN-13 9780717145881

A dynamic, new, exam-focused approach to Leaving Certificate Physics

Recommended Reading
2014 Physics Plus
ISBN 1845366069 ISBN-13 9781845366063

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

See Booklist

Additional reading

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

Journal Resources


Other Resources

Scientific calculator

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