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
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Denis Visentin
Available as student elective? No
Level Introductory


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 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • understand the basic theory of wave motion, sound and optics
  • understand basic DC electrical systems and measurement devices
  • understand the principles of linear kinetics and kinematics
  • understand thermal and fluid properties of matter and apply these principles to processes in the human body
  • understand the basics of atomic and nuclear physics, including x-ray and radionuclide production and the interaction of x-rays with matter
  • apply understanding of physical processes to the human life sciences
  • be competent in logically solving problems in all topics using basic mathematical methods
  • be competent in performing laboratory experiments pertaining to theory topics, and possess a degree of expertise in the critical analysis of data and data presentation
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010301 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable

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Teaching Pattern Independent Learning 2-hr lectures, 1-hr tutorial (weekly) and 6 x 3 hour practical sessions
AssessmentExamination (50%)|Laboratory worksheets (20%)|Physics Assignments (30%)
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Serway R. A. and Vuille C. College Physics (11th edition) Saunders College Publishing ISBN : 1305965396

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