Physics - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Non Award
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 52 weeks
  • Government loans available: None
  • Availability for 2017: Continuous
  • Availability for 2018: Continuous
  • Assessment: Assessments - Progress tests (10%) , Exercises - Practice Questions - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 820.00
International 970.00

The unit is a preparatory physics unit designed to help you gain the necessary knowledge to enter into a tertiary study. This unit provides a foundation for the study of matter and its motion through space and time. Physics is needed for those who wish to move into engineering, high military applications and fields in space study. This unit covers topics equivalent to those covered in the last two years of physics at high school. The unit concentrates on the concepts and models which physics uses to enhance your understanding of the real world and the techniques for presenting and analysing the data from experimental observation.

This unit includes individual tutorial support with an experienced high school physics teacher. Tutorial support is via email, phone and an online classroom with discussion forums. There is also a Unilearn Student Support Officer available to help you throughout your study. This unit provides 4 core credits towards your QCE.

The unit has flexible enrolment dates to meet your needs. Start your study when you want and complete the unit any time within the 12 month enrolment window. This unit requires a minimum of 220 hours or 18 weeks to complete. The 18-week option is only available to you if you complete the unit in the online classroom. For international students, an additional $150 is applied to your unit for postage and handling of overseas materials. The cost of the textbook is not included in the course price.

The final exam is not included in the unit price. The cost of the exam is $75 (International exams $150). For more information please call the Student Advisor team on 13OPEN (13 6736) or visit

Note: Most students take 540 hours to complete the course as the 220 minimum hours is the learning in the textbook only and does not take into account completing homework, reading time, tutorial help and progress tests. Please keep this in mind when nominating to complete in an accelerated timeframe.

This unit covers:

Unit 1 Physical quantities & measurement

  • Ch 1 Measurement and quantities

Unit 2 Forces and motion

  • Ch 2 Motion in a straight line
  • Ch 3 Vectors and Graphing
  • Ch 4 Forces in action
  • Ch 5 Projectile, circular and periodic motion
  • Ch 6 Astrophysics
  • Ch 7 Hydrostatics: the physics of fluids

Unit 3 Energy and momentum.

  • Ch 8 Momentum
  • Ch 9 Work and Energy

Unit 4 Thermal physics

  • Ch 10 Heat and temperature
  • Ch 11 Heat and matter
  • Ch 12 Heat transfer

Unit 5 Wave motion

  • Ch 13 Wave motion in one dimension.
  • Ch 14 Wave motion in two dimensions.
  • Ch 15 Light - a wave.
  • Ch 16 Sound, music and audio technology.

Unit 6 Optics

  • Ch 17 Reflection of light
  • Ch 18 Refraction
  • Ch 19 Lenses
  • Ch 20 Optical instruments

Unit 7 Electricity

  • Ch 21 Electrostatics
  • Ch 22 Electric circuits
  • Ch 23 Electronics
  • Ch 24 Electronic systems

Unit 8 Magnetism & electromagnetism

  • Ch 25 Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Ch 26 Electromagnetic induction

Unit 9 Atomic and nuclear physics

  • Ch 27 Atomic structure
  • Ch 28 Nuclear physics
  • Ch 29 Quantum physics and fundamental particles

Unit 10 Extension topics

  • Ch 30 Special and General Relativity
  • Ch 31 Designing practical electronic circuits
  • Ch 32 Solar physics
  • Ch 34 Medical physics
  • Assessments — Progress tests (10%)
  • Exercises — Practice Questions
  • LabAssignment — Lab Activities (10%)
  • Optional Provider Exam — Invigilation by provider (80%)

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

If you have not participated in a high level maths unit (Math B or equiv.) in the last couple of years, it is highly recommended that you complete UNL32 Senior Mathematics prior to attempting UNL71.

A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this unit will be provided in your study materials.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links
  • Simulations

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