Unit description

Introduces students to the basic principles and concepts of physics and mathematics to effectively engage with units in their course.  Students will develop knowledge utilising physics and mathematical aspects of biomedical and health contexts in which analytic and problem solving skills will be applied.

Unit content

Topic 1: Measurement and algebra

Topic 2: Work and Energy

Topic 3: Laws of Motion

Topic 4: Linear and Nonlinear Functions and Graphs

Topic 5: Gases and Thermochemistry

Topic 6: Waves, Light and Sound

Topic 7: Electricity and Magnetism

Topic 8: Nuclear Radiation

Topic 9: Dosimetry measurements

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Giordano, N, 2013, College Physics: Reasoning and Relationships, 2nd edn, Cengage.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1.5 hrs (12 wks)
Workshop on-site 1.5 hrs (8 wks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hr (12 wks)
Laboratory session 1.5 hrs (4 wks)
Practical workbook30%
Exam: closed book40%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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