Courses & Units

Physics for Health Sciences CXA115



Offered as a second year elective in the Bachelor of Health Science. Students undertaking this unit must have the prerequisite below. The unit may not be available every year.


An introductory physics course for health science professionals.  This subject provides an introduction to the topics of mechanics, waves, fluids and thermodynamics, sound, optics, atomic and nuclear physics.  CXA115 aims to provide a basic understanding of physical processes and physical problem solving techniques in order to form a basis for future studies in health sciences.


Unit name Physics for Health Sciences
Unit code CXA115
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences

Teaching staff

Dr Denis Visentin

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 13/4/2020 31/5/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,701.00 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.



  • either TCE Physics (*PH866) or Physical Sciences (*SC786) or equiv plus some background in maths.


Mutual Exclusions

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


Teaching Pattern

One 2 hour Lecture per week for 13 weeks
1 x 1 hour Tutorial per week in some weeks
Practical/laboratory sessions 5 x 2 hour Laboratory sessions


continuous assessment (assignments + lab + mid-sem test) (50%), end-of-sem 3 hr exam (50%)

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