Module Title:Physics
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 6 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This subject will be taught in three theory classes of one hour duration per week and one two hour practical class each week.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide the student with an introduction to the principles of physics and to develop practical laboratory skills in physics.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a theoretical knowledge and understanding of physics as applied to chemistry and biology.
LO2 Apply scientific procedures, including recording and analysing experimental data.
LO3 Describe the principles behind basic laboratory instruments which will be studied in detail in the instrumentation course in year 2 of the programme.
LO4 Explain the theory behind practical experiments carried out in the laboratory.
LO5 Identify and quantify basic sources of error in laboratory experiments.
LO6 Demonstrate an ability to work independently in a laboratory or as part of a team.
LO7 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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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Physical standards, SI units, basic measurements, length, time, errors measurement of errors.
Vectors and scalars. Displacement, velocity, acceleration, force, gravity, angular motion, friction, gravitation, work energy, power. Equivalence of heat and work.
Pressure in liquid, density, atmospheric pressure, pressure gauges, viscosity, blood flow and pressure.
Temperature scales, thermometers, expansion of solids, liquids, gases. Gas laws, kinetic theory of gases and its relationship with the gas laws. Specific heat capacity, latent heat. Conduction, convection, radiation, thermal conductivity. Vapour pressure, humidity. Refrigeration.
Reflection, refraction, critical angle and total internal reflection. Fibre optics in telecommunications and medicine. Lenses, the microscope, the telescope. The eye, accommodation, vision defects. Deviation and dispersion of light.
Basic properties of transverse and longitudinal waves, energy propagation by waves. Reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction of waves. Diffraction gratings, polarisation and optical activity.
Positive and negative charges. Electrical potential. Conductors, insulators, conduction in metal, semi-conductors, pn junctions. Current electricity, current, resistance, resistivity, energy, power, simple electric circuits. Ohm's law, temperature coefficient of resistance, electrical safety, meters.
Atomic and nuclear physics
Structure of atom. Alpha, beta and gamma radiation, isotopes, stability of nuclei, natural radioactivity and decay, radioactive series. Production and use of radioisotopes. Detection of ionising radiation. Nuclear fission and fusion. Renewable sources of energy. Biological effects of radiation. X-rays. Energy level transitions in atoms. Introduction to spectroscopy.
At the start of each practical there will be a talk about any relevant safety issues. The practical component will allow students to develop the required technical competencies, attitudes and behaviours develop problem solving abilities and group skills
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
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
Examination a number of one hour exams throughout the year 1,2,3,4 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation a two hour practical each week 2,3,4,5,6,7 50.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam three hour end of year exam 1,2,3,4 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 210.00

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