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.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020
  • Semester 2 - 2020

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

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

1. Explain the basic principles of mechanics, waves, electricity and thermodynamics, and their relevance to aspects of engineering, technology, physical phenomena and everyday situations.

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.


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

Assumed knowledge

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

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 11 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