Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Sem 1 Associate Professor Lan Boon Leong (Malaysia); Sem 2 Dr Jasmina Lazendic Galloway (Clayton); Associate Professor Lan Boon Leong (Malaysia)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • October intake 2016 (Day)


This unit relates key principles of physics to engineering and technology, and shows how physics, including quantum and nano-science, creates useful new technologies. Energy, momentum and angular momentum: planetary orbits, rocket propulsion, precession, fly wheels. Oscillations and waves: resonance, transmission of energy; Doppler effect and speed measurement, polarization and stress models, diffraction and nano-structures, thin film interference and antireflecting film. Quantum Physics: Uncertainty Principle, wave functions, atomic force microscope; lasers, stimulated emission. The practical component develops measurement, analysis, and communication skills.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. identify the basic principles of physics in typical simple situations relevant to engineering, and correctly apply them

  1. apply energy and momentum methods to analyse motion of systems

  1. explain behaviours involving oscillations and waves and do appropriate analysis and calculations

  1. explain, and apply basic quantum principles to, situations which are relevant in engineering and technology contexts; do appropriate analysis and calculations

  1. demonstrate an ability to describe and explain advanced techniques used in relevant engineering or physics contexts

  1. make reliable measurements, estimate uncertainties, analyse, evaluate and interpret data in cases appropriate to engineering and related to the theory studied

  1. show an improved ability to work in teams and to communicate and discuss physics concepts, measurements and applications related to engineering and developments in technologies

  1. approach new problems and find solutions on the basis of general principles, and evaluate the appropriateness of their proposed models or solutions.


Test: 8%
Practical work: 22%
Examination (3 hours): 60%

This unit has a hurdle: practical work must be passed in order to pass the unit. Explicitly: to pass this hurdle, students require 50% or more in the final combined grade for practical work.
If practical work is failed and the weighted percentage is 45 or higher, the final mark becomes 45.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 3 hours practical work and 6 hours private study per week.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Year 12 Physics or PHS1080