Module Title:Engineering Physics
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This subject will be taught in theory classes of two hour duration per week and a two hour practical class each week.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide the student with an introduction to the basic 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 civil engineering.
LO2 Explain the theory behind practical experiments carried out in the laboratory. Apply scientific procedures, including recording and analysing experimental data. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles behind basic laboratory instruments.
LO3 Identify and quantify basic sources of error in laboratory experiments.
LO4 Demonstrate an ability to work independently in a laboratory 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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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, friction, Equations of Motion, Newton's Laws.
Stress Strain
Stress, Strain, Hooke's Law, Youngs Modulus
Components of Forces, Triangle of Forces, Polygons of Forces.
Moments of Forces
Moments of Forces, Supports, Reactions, Types of Loads.
Introduction to the Physics Laboratory; Mass Weight and Density; Acceleration Due to Gravity Using a Simple Pendulum; Hooke's Law and Experiments using a Spiral Spring; Determine Youngs Modulus for a Wire; Friction Experiments; Vector Addition of Forces/Resolving Forces; Investigating Moments of Forces; Demonstrating Newton's Laws using Pullys.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
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 50.00 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 50.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 2.00
Laboratory Every Week 2.00
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_CMHCE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering 1 Mandatory