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Unit Overview


This unit is a likely prerequisite for students targeting Engineering. The unit has been designed to build on basic physics knowledge to develop the descriptive and mathematical understanding of the principles required for studying the physical sciences and engineering at higher levels. The unit will cover engineering, electricity, magnetism and waves and will also explore new innovations and discoveries in Physics, combining theoretical principles, practical applications and laboratory work.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) understand key ideas and methods of physics and be able to apply this understanding to problem solving; (2) describe phenomena in terms of geometrical, pictorial and mathematical models; (3) apply theoretical structure to the techniques of

experimental physics; (4) evaluate the resultant effect of combined forces; (5) apply vector methods in simple applications; (6) investigate the motion and forces on a particle moving along a circular path; (7) investigate the motion of a particle and the causes and effects of sudden and cyclic changes; (8) understand and apply in engineering the main ideas of electricity and electronics; (9) investigate electricity and electronics in order to confirm theory; (10) understand the concepts of fields, their effects and their use to solve practical problems; and (11) acquire practical lab skills of recording and analysis.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examination (end of unit); (2) lab work/reports; and (3) quizzes/tests (x2). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Unit rules
Enrolment in
a UWA College course
and MATX0721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
or MATX0722 Mathematics Foundations: Specialist or equivalent
PHYS1030 Physics Bridging Unit
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.