Module Title:Physical Sciences
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 4 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in two theory classes of one hour duration in both components per week. One 2 hour practical per week (alternating between physics and chemistry)
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide the student with an introduction to the principles of physics and chemistry and to develop practical laboratory skills in both.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a theoretical knowledge and understanding of physics and chemistry as applied to health science/physiology.
LO2 Apply scientific procedures, including recording and analysing experimental data.
LO3 Demonstrate an ability to work independently in a laboratory or as part of a team.
LO4 Apply the appropriate safety procedures in the laboratory
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Theory Section A: Introduction
The scope of chemistry & brief history of its development. States of matter and observation of change.
Theory Section A: Atomic Theory & Electronic Structure
Atomic Theory & Electronic Structure
Theory Section A: Bonding & Structure
Chemical Equations and Experimental Calculations
Theory Section A: Chemical Kinetics
Value. Order of reaction and rate constants.
Theory Section A: Properties of Liquids and Solutions
Properties of Liquids and Solutions:
Theory Section A: Acids, Bases and Electrolysis
Acids, Bases and Electrolysis.
Theory Section A: Organic Chemistry
Introduction to chemistry of carbon compounds. IUPAC Nomenclature for alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, aldehydes, carboxylic acids, esters and amines. Brief introduction to the structures of proteins, steroids, analgesics and their uses.
Theory Section B: Physical standards and units
Physical standards and units. Errors.
Theory Section B: Mechanics
Velocity, acceleration, force.
Theory Section B: Linear kinetics friction
Linear kinetics friction, heat .Temperature.
Theory Section B: Work, energy and power
Work, energy and power, momentum. Simple machines, efficiency. Gases.
Theory Section B: Light
Light, lenses, fibre optics in medicine waves.
Theory Section B: Electricity
Electricity, Ohm’s law, electrical safety.
Theory Section B: Atomic and Nuclear physics
Radioisotopes, biological effects of radiation, safety levels, x-rays
The practical component will • allow students to develop the required technical competencies, attitudes and behaviours • develop problem solving abilities and group skills • Acid-Base, Redox, Precipitation and Complexometric Titrations • pH measurements and buffer solutions • UV-Vis analysis and flame emission analysis of various analytes • Chromatography and other organic techniques • Mechanics (as per 1st year manual) • Heat (as per 1st year manual) • Light (as per 1st year manual) • Electricity (as per 1st year manual)
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other CA exams 1 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Log Book 2,3,4 40.00 Sem 1 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Written Exam 1 50.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 240.00

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