General Physics (Previously Introduction to Physics) - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignments - Problem solving; short answer (18%) , Invigilated Exam - 2 hour closed book (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

This is an introductory physics unit, designed to provide a basis for further studies in the physical sciences. It covers a range of topics including measurement, motion, waves, light, energy and electric fields.  This unit does not require knowledge of calculus.  Applications and examples are drawn from the biological, environmental, medical and physical sciences.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the behaviour of matter using the laws and models of classical physics
  2. communicate scientific concepts in 'plain English'
  3. solve problems in physics that do not require knowledge of calculus.
  • Assignments — Problem solving; short answer (18%)
  • Invigilated Exam — 2 hour closed book (50%)
  • LabAssignment x 5 — Laboratory reports x 5 (10%)
  • Report — Scientific Report (10%)
  • Tutorial Paper — Multiple choice; worksheets (12%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

You should have some knowledge of elementary algebra and trigonometry. If you do not have this knowledge, you should complete MAS110 Fundamentals of Mathematics before completing this unit.

  • Broadband access — Record lectures or screen capture sessions

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What is science?
2Motion in a straight line
3Newton's laws and vectors
4Momentum and energy
5Gravity and projectile motion
6Heat and thermodynamics
7Electricity and magnetism
8Waves and sound
9Light and optics

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Online Assessment
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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