Courses & Units

Physics Foundation Unit KYA004

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


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

** subject to sufficient numbers.

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This subject aims to provide students with an understanding of basic physical concepts in classical mechanics. Understanding of motion, force, energy and momentum is instrumental study of other key areas of physics, such as: mechanics, electric and magnetic fields, waves, atoms and nuclei. This course also aids students in analysing and synthesising information, problem solving and scientific experimentation. Students who successfully complete the Physics Foundation Unit and who have satisfied one of the following successful completion of one of the following (or their equivalent): Maths Methods (MTM315114), Maths Specialised (MTS415114) or Maths Foundation Unit (KMA003) 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 Physics (PHY415115) or equivalent as a prerequisite.


Unit name Physics Foundation Unit
Unit code KYA004
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Physics
Coordinator Doctor Danijela Ivkovic
Available as student elective? No
Level Foundation


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


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Jan A 3/1/2022 10/1/2022 20/1/2022 6/2/2022

* 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

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of fundamental physical laws and principles, such as: newtons laws of motion, equations of motion, gravitation, circular motion, conservation of momentum, energy, work and power.
  • conceptualise a problem and apply suitable formulae, graphs and diagrams to describe a physical situation and evaluate solutions.
  • apply vectors to solve problems in one and two dimensions.
  • use experimental techniques and analyse data to confirm laws and make predictions.
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

2 x 2-hr lectures weekly, 1 x 2-hr tutorial weekly, 1 x 6-hr compulsory practical day (in Hobart)

AssessmentExamination (60%)|Lab Reports (10%)|Assignments (30%)
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You will need the following text available from the Co-op Bookshop: New Century Senior Physics: Concepts in context by R. Walding, G. Rapkins and G. Rossiter (2004, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, ISBN: 978 0 19 551777 4)

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