PHYSICS FOR LIFE SCIENCES

PHY1LS

2015

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.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PHY10SCI, PHY11ENG, PHY11SCA, PHY11PAA, PHY1SCA, PHY1SCB, PHY1LSA, PHY1LSB, PHY1MO

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Diagrammatically represent, analyse and / or solve conceptual and mathematical problems related to biophysics, thermal physics and radiation.

Activities:
Students are assessed via 12 online quizzes and 11 problem-solving classes. In the online quizzes, students answer conceptual and mathematical multiple choice questions. In problem classes, students solve short answer problems. Students sit a mid-semester multiple choice quiz, and a final end of semester exam comprising short answer questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Use accurate terminology and appropriate SI units to describe physical phenomena related to biophysics, thermal physics and radiation.

Activities:
Students are required to use appropriate terminology and SI units in all assessment elements (namely problem classes, online quizzes, laboratory reports and exams).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Perform experiments related to thermal physics and radiation using standard physics laboratory techniques, equipment and software and assess the data to check for inappropriate, irrelevant or spurious results.

Activities:
Students complete six extended laboratory experiments and submit a report that indicates their ability to detail and assess experimental data. Students follow written and verbal laboratory instructions to conduct the experiments accurately and safely.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Explain and interpret laboratory results in the context of biophysics, thermal physics and radiation.

Activities:
Students submit six laboratory reports detailing their interpretation of the results. The laboratory report mark contains a writing component.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Quantitative Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Collaborate in pairs to complete laboratory experiments and submit reports.

Activities:
The teamwork component of the laboratory report mark assesses the participation of each student in completing the experiment. Students are expected to submit their own work (as instructed in the laboratory sessions). If they fail to do so, they are counselled after the first occasion by the demonstrator. For subsequent plagiarism, no marks are awarded and they are interviewed by the subject coordinator.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Hoxley

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Laboratory Class Week: 31 - 43
Nine 3.0 hours laboratory class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Problem Based Learning Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours problem based learning per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Laboratory reports/exercises20 02, 03, 04, 05
Problem sets10 01, 02
Online Quizzes10 01, 02
Three-hour written exam55 01, 02
1-hr online exam5 01, 02