ENG1081 - Physics for engineering - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit



Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway (Clayton)

Assoc Professor Boon Leong Lan (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • October intake 2017 (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, flywheels. Oscillations and waves: resonance, transmission of energy; Doppler effect and speed measurement, polarisation 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
  2. Apply energy and momentum methods to analyse motion of systems
  3. Explain behaviours involving oscillations and waves and do appropriate analysis and calculations
  4. Explain, and apply, basic quantum principles to, situations which are relevant in engineering and technology contexts; do appropriate analysis and calculations
  5. Demonstrate an ability to describe and explain advanced techniques used in relevant engineering or physics contexts
  6. Make reliable measurements, estimate uncertainties, analyse, evaluate and interpret data in cases appropriate to engineering and related to the theory studied
  7. 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
  8. Approach new problems and find solutions on the basis of general principles, and evaluate the appropriateness of their proposed models or solutions.


Continuous assessment: 60%

Examination (2 hours): 40%

Student are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures (or equivalent), one 3-hour practice class and 6 hours private study per week.

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Chief examiner(s)


Year 12 Physics or PHS1080