Courses & Units

Physics Foundation Unit KYA004

Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


Offered Hobart. Distance** Launceston and ** Cradle Coast

** subject to sufficient numbers.

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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  MTM415117 (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 PHY415115 (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).


Unit name Physics Foundation Unit
Unit code KYA004
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics

Teaching staff

Dr Warren Hankey, Mr David Hughes

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 5 Week Session Jan A On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston 5 Week Session Jan A On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast 5 Week Session Jan A On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Jan A 2/1/2020 9/1/2020 22/1/2020 9/2/2020

* 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 2020.

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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.



Teaching Pattern

2 x 2hr lectures weekly

1 x 2hr tutorial weekly

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


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.

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