The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


For engineers, knowledge of physics is essential to understand and transform the world around us. This course is designed for students in selected Engineering programs with no or little physics background. It focuses on illustrating and developing an understanding of the interplay between mathematics and physics in engineering. The course examines some of the core topics in physics essential for further studies in engineering such as Mechanics, Vibrations & Waves, Fluids and Optics.

Availability2020 Course Timetables

BCA Singapore

  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain the basic principles of physics and mathematics and how they apply to practical situations and engineering problems.

2. Solve qualitative and quantitative problems using mathematics and the principles of physics.

3. Perform laboratory and computational experiments and interpret the significance of the results with regards to the principles and applications of physics.

4. Communicate the results and significance of both theoretical and experimental work in written form.

5. Contribute to team and group work for scientific investigations and for the process of learning.


  • Mathematical Methods in Physics-Vectors
  • Mechanics & Kinematics
  • Wave Mechanics
  • Fluids
  • Optics


This course has similarities to PHYS1150, PHYS1200, or PHYS1210. If you have successfully completed any of these courses you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

2 unit mathematics from the NSW HSC, or equivalent.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quizzes

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Reports

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

Contact hours

BCA Singapore and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1

The Laboratory in week 1 is a compulsory laboratory safety induction session.


Face to Face On Campus 14 hour(s) per Term Full Term starting in week 1

Week 1 has 3 x 1 hour lectures, weeks 2-11 have a 1 hour lecture per week which must occur after all labs have been conducted for the week.