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PHYS1003: Physics 1 (Technological) (2019 - Semester 2)

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Unit: PHYS1003: Physics 1 (Technological) (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: School of Physics
Unit Coordinator/s:
Session options: Semester 2
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Site(s) for this Unit: http://assign3.chem.usyd.edu.au/uos_outlines/make_pdf.cfm?unit=PHYS1003&print=no
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Co-Requisites: Recommended concurrent Units of Study: MATH (1003/1903), MATH (1005/1905).
Prohibitions: PHYS1004, PHYS1902
Brief Handbook Description: PHYS 1003 is the second part of an overview of physics at Junior level commenced in PHYS 1001 and PHYS 1002. Together with either PHYS 1001 or PHYS 1002 and 12 credit points of Junior Mathematics, PHYS 1003 provides the necessary background knowledge and practice of scientific skills for students who wish to enrol in intermediate units of study in physics, in the environmental, medical and life sciences, or in engineering.

Course Aims:

The focus of this unit is to introduce you to the key concepts in three foundation areas of physics: electromagnetism, fluids, and quantum phenomena, using technological applications familiar to students of engineering and the physical sciences, for example, the lift on aeroplane wings and metal detectors. 

The unit is designed to help you develop appropriate methods of study that will allow you to become an independent learner, capable of organising new information into a coherent conceptual framework and applying it in both familiar and unfamiliar situations. In the accompanying laboratory segment, students are introduced to basic skills in the use of electrical measuring instruments and work in teams to plan, carry out and report on an independent scientific investigation. 
Assumed Knowledge: HSC Physics or PHYS (1001 or 1002 or 1901) or equivalent.
Additional Notes: It is recommended that PHYS (1001 or 1002 or 1901) be completed before this unit

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1)
1. a sense of responsibility, ethical behaviour and independence as a learner and as a scientist.
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1)
2. the ability to engage in team and group work for scientific investigations and for the process of learning;
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1)
3. the ability to communicate scientific information appropriately, both orally and through written work;
4. the ability to find and analyse information and judge its reliability and significance;
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
5. basic experimental skills in the use of electrical measuring instruments and the ability to devise and carry out a scientific investigation that includes measuring physical quantities, analysis and interpretation of results;
6. the ability to apply these concepts to develop models, and to solve qualitative and quantitative problems in scientific and engineering contexts with particular reference to applications in modern technology ;
7. an understanding of the key concepts of the behaviour of fluids, electric and magnetic fields, and the fundamental concepts of quantum physics and its application to technology;
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Electricity and Magnetism - Assignment 1 and Tutorial Questions No 1.70 Week 3 4, 6, 7,
2 Electricity and Magnetism - Assignment 2 and Tutorial Questions No 1.70 Week 5 4, 6, 7,
3 Electricity and Magnetism - Assignment 3 and Tutorial Questions No 1.70 Week 7 4, 6, 7,
4 Fluids - Assignment 4 and Tutorial Questions No 1.70 Week 9 4, 6, 7,
5 Quantum Physics - Assignment 5 and Tutorial Questions No 1.70 Week 11 4, 6, 7,
6 Quantum Physics - Assignment 6 and Tutorial Questions No 1.70 Week 13 4, 6, 7,
7 Workshop Tutorials No 2.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 6, 7,
8 Laboratory Work - Circuits No 10.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
9 Laboratory Circuits test No 2.00 Week 8 3, 4, 7,
10 Laboratory Project No 14.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
11 Final Examination No 62.00 Exam Period 1, 3, 6, 7,
Assessment Description: More details available at http://assign3.chem.usyd.edu.au/uos_outlines/make_pdf.cfm?unit=PHYS1003&print=no
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism We will NOT accept assessments that are simply copied. Copying the work of another person without acknowledgment is plagiarism and contrary to University policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism  http://sydney.edu.au/ab/policies/Academic_Honesty_Cwk.pdf"> http://sydney.edu.au/ab/policies/Academic_Honesty_Cwk.pdf

Academic Dishonesty means seeking to obtain or obtaining academic advantage (for example, in assessments) by dishonest or unfair means or knowingly assisting another student to do so.  Academic Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: (a)    recycling – that is, the resubmission for assessment of work that is the same, or substantially the same, as Work previously submitted for assessment in the same or in a different unit of study (except in the case of legitimate resubmission with the approval of the examiner for purposes of improvement); (b)    fabrication of data; (c)    the engagement of another person to complete or contribute to an assessment or examination in place of the student, whether for payment or otherwise or accepting such an engagement from another student; (d)    communication, whether by speaking or some other means, to other candidates during an examination; (e)    bringing into an examination forbidden material such as textbooks, notes, calculators or computers; (f)    attempting to read other student’s work during an examination; (g)    writing an examination or test paper, or consulting with another person about the examination or test, outside the confines of the examination room without permission; (h)    copying from other students during examinations; (i)     Inappropriate use of electronic devices to access information during examinations.

Plagiarism means presenting another person’s work as one’s own work by presenting, copying or reproducing it without acknowledgement of the source. Plagiarism is a form of Academic Dishonesty, but is treated separately.  Plagiarism includes presenting work for assessment, publication, or otherwise, that includes: (a)    phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs or longer extracts from published or unpublished work (including from the Internet) without acknowledgement of the source; or (b)    the work of another person, without acknowledgement of the source and presented in a way that exceeds the boundaries of legitimate cooperation. Consideration of factors affecting your study If your academic performance in a Science Faculty unit of study is adversely affected by illness or some other serious event, such as an accident, you should notify the Faculty of Science Student Information Office (level 2 of the Carslaw building) within 7 days after the period for which consideration is sought, by completing an Application for Special Consideration with accompanying documentation.  This is especially important if you miss an examination.

If you have another reason for the Science Faculty to take account of your circumstances - religious commitments, legal commitments (e.g. Jury duty), elite sporting or cultural commitments (representing the University, state or country), or Australian Defence Force commitments (e.g. Army Reserve) - you should notify the Faculty of Science Student Information Office (level 2 of the Carslaw building) at least 7 days BEFORE the period for which consideration is sought, by completing an Application for Special Arrangements with accompanying documentation.

These two forms of Consideration should cover most allowable circumstances.  However, if you have another reason for requiring the School of Physics to take account of your circumstances, you should notify the School of Physics Student Services Office immediately.

You should not submit an application of any type if
  • there is no assessment associated with a missed class, or
  • you have a reasonable opportunity to make up any work you missed.

If, for example, you miss an assignment, an application for appropriate Consideration is required to allow late submission, but we do expect the assignment to be submitted.  Sometimes catching up may be impossible, in which case we will consider a pro-rata adjustment of your marks on the basis of an application for Consideration. Special Consideration or Special Arrangements To submit an application for Special Consideration or Special Arrangements you should:
  1. Obtain the appropriate Application pack from the Student Information Office of the Faculty of Science, the Faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/cstudent/ug/forms.shtml"> http://sydney.edu.au/cstudent/ug/forms.shtml, or the Physics Student Services Office.
  2. Complete the forms and obtain whatever original documentary evidence is appropriate. Note especially that the Professional Practitioner's Certificate is essential for Special Consideration on grounds of serious illness - Medical Certificates will NOT be accepted.
  3. Take the original copy of all forms and documents, plus sufficient copies for each unit of study affected and yourself, to the Faculty of Science Student Information Office (NOT any other Faculty Office if you are seeking Consideration in a unit taught by Physics). They will sign/stamp both the original application form and the copies. In the case of Physics units, one copy of the documentation must then be submitted to the Physics Student Services Office. Keep one copy yourself. A formal decision on your application will be sent to your university email address within 14 days.

Further details on University policy regarding Considerations can be found in policy documents entitled Assessment and Examination at the University Policy web site (http://sydney.edu.au/policy/"> http://sydney.edu.au/policy/).

Students unsure what type of Consideration is appropriate, or unhappy with a Consideration decision, should consult the Physics Student Services Office. UNIVERSITY POLICIES For full details of applicable university policies and procedures, see the Policies Online site at http://sydney.edu.au/policy"> http://sydney.edu.au/policy Academic Policies relevant to student assessment, progression and coursework:
  • Academic Honesty in Coursework. All students must submit a cover sheet for all assessment work that declares that the work is original and not plagiarised from the work of others. The University regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct, and has very strict rules that all students must adhere to. For information see the document defining academic honesty and plagiarism http://sydney.edu.au/ab/policies/Academic_Honesty_Cwk.pdf"> http://sydney.edu.au/ab/policies/Academic_Honesty_Cwk.pdf
  • Coursework assessment and examination policy. The faculty policy is to use standards based assessment for units where grades are returned and criteria based assessment for Pass / Fail only units. Norm referenced assessment will only be used in exceptional circumstances and its use will need to be justified to the Undergraduate Studies Committee. Special consideration for illness or misadventure may be considered when an assessment component is severely affected. This policy gives the details of the information that is required to be submitted along with the appropriate procedures and forms (see link below).
  • Special Arrangements for Examination and Assessment. In exceptional circumstances alternate arrangements for exams or assessment can be made. However concessions for outside work arrangements, holidays and travel, sporting and entertainment events will not normally be given. Start by going to the Faculty of Science Webpage, and downloading the ‘Special Consideration’ pack http://sydney.edu.au/science/cstudent/ug/forms.shtml#special_consideration"> http://sydney.edu.au/science/cstudent/ug/forms.shtml#special_consideration
  • Student Appeals against Academic Decisions. Students have the right to appeal any academic decision made by a school or the faculty. The appeal must follow the appropriate procedure so that a fair hearing is obtained.
Relevant forms are available on the Faculty policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/science/cstudent/ug/forms.shtml"> http://sydney.edu.au/science/cstudent/ug/forms.shtml
Online Course Content: http://assign3.chem.usyd.edu.au/uos_outlines/make_pdf.cfm?unit=PHYS1003&print=no
Note on Resources: Textbook The lecture modules are based on the textbook: Young, H.D. and Freedman, R.A. (2008). University Physics (with Modern Physics). 12th edition, Addison -Wesley. Laboratory Manual The laboratory segment of the unit is covered by: PHYS 1003 Physics 1 (Technological) Semester 2, Circuits and Projects Laboratory Manual, prepared by the School of Physics Textbooks and laboratory manuals can be purchased at the Co-op Bookshop. Depending on your choice of units, the textbook you need may be different in first and second semesters. We will facilitate exchange of textbooks between students to ensure you only need buy one textbook for the year. See the Physics Student Services Office. Lecture Module Outlines There is a Module Outline for each of the three lecture modules listing specific objectives that define what you should learn and understand about the detailed content of each chapter of the textbook. Understanding a term or concept means that you should be able to:
  • explain its meaning in writing and give examples; 
  • interpret it correctly when you read or hear it;
  • use it correctly in your own writing; and
  • apply it correctly to examples and problems.
The Module Outline also lists what sections of the textbook are relevant, recommended questions, and specifies the due dates of the associated assignments. Module Outlines can be found on the eLearning pages for this unit or from links on the Junior Physics web pages. Web Resources The ‘Current Student’ link on the School of Physics web page (http://sydney.edu.au/science/physics"> http://sydney.edu.au/science/physics) provides resources to help you with your studies. Please spend time getting acquainted with this site, and the specific page relative to your unit of study. Unit webpages are provided under the University’s eLearning environment, which can be accessed from links on the Junior Physics web pages (http://sydney.edu.au/science/physics/current/jpc.shtml"> http://sydney.edu.au/science/physics/current/jpc.shtml) or your MyUni pages (http://sydney.edu.au/myuni"> http://sydney.edu.au/myuni). Access to MyUni and eLearning requires a Unikey username and password that is issued with your confirmation of enrolment. The University provides computer facilities in the Access Labs (http://sydney.edu.au/ict/switch/labs/"> http://sydney.edu.au/ict/switch/labs/). Email

The University provides you with email access based on your username. We may use this email address to provide you with important information regarding this unit of study. We expect you to periodically read your email account or to forward mail from it to an account you do read (eg a hotmail account). Where to go for help

If you need help, you can:
  • as a first step, always check your unit eLearning pages for information, documents and links
  • go to the Physics Student Services Office, Room 210 in the Physics building,  phone 9351 3037 or email physics.studentservices@sydney.edu.au
  • ask your lecturer or tutor
  • ask other students using the Discussion forum provided in the Communication link on the unit eLearning page.
  • ask a Duty Tutor - a staff member who is available Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 1-2 pm, in Physics LT4 to help you with problems with physics course material.  Duty Tutors are available from Week 3 of semester.
  • consult one of the many services provided by the University, such as the Maths Learning Centre. These can be found by choosing Junior Physics Resources and Links from the unit eLearning page or your MyUni pages (http://sydney.edu.au/myuni"> http://sydney.edu.au/myuni).
Providing us with feedback We welcome comments on all aspects of this unit.  You should feel free to contact your lecturers, tutors or the First Year Coordinator A/Prof. Joe Khachan at any time.  There is also a formal opportunity for feedback at the Staff-Student Liaison meeting, held one lunch time towards the end of semester with staff and student representatives from the various units of study, including this one.  Your feedback helps us improve this unit. Changes this year Changes this year include:
  • Detailed improvements to the Unit and Module outlines; additional on-line versions of the unit outlines
  • Move to the new Blackboard eLearning system
  • Further development of new Circuits experiments introduced last year
A full review of the Physics syllabus will be undertaken this year, so your feedback is especially timely.  

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 3 Assessment Due: Electricity and Magnetism - Assignment 1 and Tutorial Questions
Week 5 Assessment Due: Electricity and Magnetism - Assignment 2 and Tutorial Questions
Week 7 Assessment Due: Electricity and Magnetism - Assignment 3 and Tutorial Questions
Week 8 Assessment Due: Laboratory Circuits test
Week 9 Assessment Due: Fluids - Assignment 4 and Tutorial Questions
Week 11 Assessment Due: Quantum Physics - Assignment 5 and Tutorial Questions
Week 13 Assessment Due: Quantum Physics - Assignment 6 and Tutorial Questions
Assessment Due: Laboratory Project
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Examination

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Computer Engineering (till 2010) 2010
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Bioelectronics) (till 2012) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Commerce 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Medical Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Law 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Commerce 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Law 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical - Electrical Major 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular / Medical Science 2015
Electrical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/ Project Management 2019, 2020
Electrical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Arts 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Commerce 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical / Medical Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Electrical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Electrical / Project Management 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020
Electrical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical/Science (Health) 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical (Computer) 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Arts 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Commerce 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Medical Science 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Project Management 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Science 2015
Electrical (Computer) / Law 2015
Electrical / Law 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Electrical (Power) 2015
Electrical (Power) / Arts 2015
Electrical (Power) / Commerce 2015
Electrical (Power) / Medical Science 2015
Electrical (Power) / Project Management 2015
Electrical (Power) / Science 2015
Electrical (Power) / Law 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Arts 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Commerce 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Project Management 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Science 2015
Electrical (Telecommunications) / Law 2015
Software Engineering (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications (till 2010) 2010
Electrical/Science (Medical Science Stream) 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical Engineering / Science 2013, 2014
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Civil Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Aeronautical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Aeronautical (Space) / Science 2015
Biomedical /Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Chemical & Biomolecular 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Chemical & Biomolecular / Science 2015
Chemical & Biomolecular Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Civil / Science 2015
Mechanical / Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechanical (Space) / Science 2015
Mechatronic / Science 2015, 2016, 2017
Mechatronic (Space) / Science 2015
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Software / Science 2015
Mechanical Engineering (Biomedical) / Science 2011, 2012
Mechanical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechanical Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic Engineering (Space) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Project Engineering and Management (Civil) / Science 2011
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Bachelor of Information Technology/Bachelor of Science 2015
Flexible First Year (Stream A) / Science 2015, 2012, 2013, 2014

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 1) No 19.43%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 1) No 3.93%
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) No 27.09%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) No 49.75%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.