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2013 KYA004 Physics Foundation Unit

Unit Level: Foundation

Available as a Student Elective: No

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Apply direct to the School of Mathematics & Physics, phone: (03) 6226 2439.

11/11/2013 - 20/12/2013. Offered Hobart and Distance Education. Also, will be offered Launceston and Cradle Coast subject to sufficient numbers.


Unit Sem 1 Sem 2 Full Yr Spring Summer Winter
KYA004 H,L,W

Key Semester Dates
Semester Campus Attendance Note Start Date Census Date Final WW Date* End Date
Spring H Distance Offering in H 11-NOV-2013 19-NOV-2013 02-DEC-2013 20-DEC-2013
Spring H On Campus Offering in H 11-NOV-2013 19-NOV-2013 02-DEC-2013 20-DEC-2013
Spring L On Campus Offering in L 11-NOV-2013 19-NOV-2013 02-DEC-2013 20-DEC-2013
Spring W On Campus Offering in W 11-NOV-2013 19-NOV-2013 02-DEC-2013 20-DEC-2013

* 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).

About Census Dates


This unit is taught through a combination of independent learning, lectures, tutorials and prac sessions.

The aim of the unit is to provide students with an understanding of some key areas of physics: forces, energy and work and momentum, mechanics and dynamics. It assists students in analysing and synthesizing information, problem solving and carrying out scientific experiments and provides a competency in physics to a level appropriate for further studies in physics.

There are no entrance prerequisites to study the Physics Foundation Unit, however proficiency in year 10 mathematics is strongly advised.

Students who successfully complete the Physics Foundation Unit and who have satisfied one of the following - pass in MTM315109 (TCE Mathematics Methods) or KMA003 (Mathematics Foundation Unit) - will be eligible for enrolment in first year Physics units at the University of Tasmania. In addition, students who successfully complete the unit will qualify for entry into any other units or degree programs which have PHY315109 (TCE Physics) or equivalent as a prerequisite. Places are limited, so it's a first in, first accepted policy.

Fees: The course is free to Australian citizens and Australian permanent residents who are not required to pay any fees to the University or to contribute towards the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS).

For further details, contact Karen Bradford phone (03) 6226 2439 or email

WEIGHT: 12.5%


Continual assessment, assignments and practical work (40%), 2-hr exam (60%).

Students are required to achieve a pass in the exam in order to pass this unit.


2 x 90 min lectures weekly,

1 x 90 min tutorials weekly,

1 x 6-hr compulsory practical day (in Hobart)

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web dependent - L,W,H
Some parts of this unit will be taught online
   Resource dependent teaching & learning - L,W,H
Independent study with provided resources replaces face-to-face or other classes (e.g. lectures)
   Video conferencing - L,W,H
A live video link between campuses is used for at least some teaching in this unit
   Flexible scheduling - L,W,H
Some classes will be held outside normal teaching hours; e.g. weekend blocks, summer schools etc
About Flexible Study Options

Launceston Co-op Bookshop Website - Semester (Spring)
Hobart Co-op Bookshop Website - Semester (Spring)

STAFF: Dr D Ivkovic

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Units are offered in attending mode unless otherwise indicated (that is attendance is required at the campus identified). A unit identified as offered by distance, that is there is no requirement for attendance, is identified with a nominal enrolment campus. A unit offered to both attending students and by distance from the same campus is identified as having both modes of study.

Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.

Special approval is required for enrolment into TNE Program units - campuses A, F, G, K, Q and Y click here for more information.

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