Module Title: Physical Sciences for Health Science
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
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 1.5 hour practical per week (alternating between physics and chemistry)
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to explore the principles of physics and chemistry and to develop practical laboratory skills as they relate to health and sports science.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Apply theoretical knowledge and understanding of key elements of Chemistry and Physics from the perspective of health, rehab and sports sciences.
LO2 Practice scientific procedures, including recording and analysing experimental data.
LO3 Students should show competence in a laboratory setting working independently or as part of a team. 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
Chemistry: Introduction
States of matter and observation of change. Discovery of the atom and electronic structure
Chemistry: Shapes, Bonds and Naming of Chemicals
Ionic and Covalent Bonds; Electronegativity; Shapes of Molecules and the Naming of Chemical Formulae
Chemistry: Chemical Equations and Redox Equations
Chemical Equations and Experimental Calculations. Oxidation and Reduction.
Chemistry: Rates of Reactions and Chemical Equilibrium
Properties of Liquids and Solutions: Rates of Reactions and Chemical Equilibrium.
Chemistry: Acids, Bases and pH
Acids, Bases and pH.
Chemistry: 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.
Physics: Waves
Longitudinal and transverse. Wavelength. Frequency. Interference. Diffraction. Doppler shift. Resonance. Wave forms.
Physics: Light
Laws of reflection and refraction. Image formation in plane mirrors, curved mirrors and lens. Applications of curved mirror and lens. Wave nature of light. Dispersion. Polarisation. Eye sight.
Physics: Sound
Frequency. Speed of sound. Harmonics. Resonance. Sound intensity. Ultra sound and medical imaging.
Physics: Electromagnetism
Electric and magnetic forces. Electric current. Voltage. Resistivity. Resistance. Capacitors. AC and DC current. Electrical safety. Electromagnetic Spectrum.
Physics: Radioactivity
Radioactive decay. Biological and physical half life. Decay constant. Medical physics.
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 • Light: refraction and reflection and image formation. • Wavelength and frequency. Speed of sound in air. • Electrical circuits.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the CA theory and Practical, and the final exam.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other CA exams 1 10.00 Ongoing
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Log Book 2,3 40.00 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam n/a 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 12 Weeks per Stage 4.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 1.50
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 3.93
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 2 Mandatory
CW_SASRA_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy 2 Mandatory
CW_SASAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning 2 Mandatory
CW_SAPHS_C Higher Certificate in Science in Physiology and Health Science 2 Mandatory