Courses & Units

Physics 1A KYA501



Successful completion of this unit supports your development of Physics core knowledge and skills. Through the development of this knowledge and skills you will have the necessary physics content and understanding of the nature of Science for contributing to your development as a science teacher.

The objective of this unit is to provide a thorough grounding in dynamics, mechanics and special relativity (32 lectures) and electricity (17 lectures), and to appreciate the mathematical framework through which quantitative problems in these areas can be solved. In addition to the 49 lectures listed above there are 2 in lecture tests in weeks 4 and 11 of the semester, and the initial lecture which will give an overview of the unit, assessment etc. The lectures will deal with all major concepts and with additional material and applications not covered in the prescribed textbook. You should read the prescribed textbook generally, and may be explicitly referred to it for some theory and for topics treated well in it. You should also read other textbooks and appropriate material, to gain a different insight into the topics being considered. Tutorials will consolidate the work, deal with misunderstandings and give practice in problem solving. Particular questions or difficulties that cannot be answered in the tutorials should be taken to the lecturers concerned.

Applications of physical principles in daily life and technology are kept in mind at all appropriate points in the course. Students are encouraged to develop their conceptual thinking ability, and to practice approximating real situations by simpler physical/mathematical models.

Attendance of practical sessions is compulsory for this unit. Taken as weekly sessions for on-campus enrolment or intensive block session for off-campus enrolment.


Unit name Physics 1A
Unit code KYA501
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics

Prof Simon Ellingsen

Teaching staff

Stas Shabala, Warren Hankey

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Describe basic physical concepts in motion and electromagnetism and demonstrate an understanding of the assumptions and limitations of the underlying theoretical framework. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
2. Critically review the evidence for and against different physical theories. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
3. Conceptualise problems, formulate and evaluate a range of possible solutions. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
4. Describe the role of Physics in a broad range of contexts, disciplines and situations. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
5. Report scientific information to colleagues and lay audiences using oral, written, numerical and graphic communication. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2, 3 and 4)
6. Critically reflect upon the nature of Chemistry/Physics. (Assessed by AT 5)*

*This ILO is specific to KYA501.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 2019: $2,610.00 010301

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


PHY415115 Physics (or KYA004) and MTM415117 Mathematics Methods (or KMA003) or TCE score of 80 or more (subject to counselling and approval by Head of Physics).

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

4 x 50 minute lectures weekly, 1 x 50 minute tutorial weekly


Assessment Task 1: Assignments: 10%
Assessment Task 2: Laboratory Reports: 15%
Assessment Task 3: Tests: 30%
Assessment Task 4: Final Exam: 45% (Assesses ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)]*
Assessment Task 5: Portfolio Entry: 10%

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