Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students are introduced to the concepts underlying biophysics and medical physics. The states of matter are described and the thermodynamic properties and laws that govern biophysical processes on cellular and molecular scales are discussed. The medical physics required to understand functions of the human body and medical imaging are introduced. Students investigate waves and their application in medicine, nuclear energy, radioactivity, detection and use of radiation, and effects of radiation on living organisms. This introductory subject uses basic mathematical tools and requires no specific science background or previous experience in physics. This unit may be taken independently or in conjunction with PHY1LSB.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects PHY10SCI, PHY11ENG, PHY11SCA, PHY11PAA, PHY1SCA

Equivalent subjects PHY11PAA

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPhysics: principles with applications (with WWW pack)PrescribedGiancoli, DC 20056TH EDN, PEARSON PRENTICE-HALL, USA.
ReadingsFSTE First Year Survival Guide (second edition)RecommendedFaculty of Science, Technology and EngineeringLA TROBE UNIVERSITY 2012

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Problem Based Learning Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 11 - 22
Nine 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
laboratory reports/exercises20
on-line quizzes10
one 1-hour mid semester examination5
one 3-hour examination55
problem sets10