The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Physics underpins most aspects of modern engineering, technology, and medicine; developments in physics often drive social change. Knowledge of physics is therefore vital to understanding the world around us. Physics is needed to make new materials, monitor our environment, put satellites into orbit, harness energy, determine the strength of structures, take scans of the human body, develop faster computers, etc. The course is calculus based and covers topics from mechanics and kinematics, wave mechanics, electricity, particle physics, cosmology, and thermal physics.

Availability2019 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. To enable students to acquire knowledge of the basic principles of physics

2. To teach students how to apply their knowledge of physics to practical everyday situations

3. To assist students to develop their analytic and problem solving skills

4. To enhance student's laboratory and computing skills

5. To develop student's written and communication skills


A calculus based physics course aimed at students who have completed HSC Physics and Mathematics.

Mechanics and Kinematics

Wave Mechanics

Foundations of Electricity

Big Questions in Physics

Foundations of Thermodynamics


This course has similarities to PHYS1150 and PHYS1200 If you have successfully completed either of these courses you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

2 Unit Mathematics with a result in Bands 5 or 6 and Physics

Assessment items

Quiz: Class Quizzes

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Formal Examination: Final 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. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks

This includes the introductory lab session


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks