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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Physics for General Science 2
Module Code PS133
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Eilish McLoughlin
Semester 2: Robert O'Connor
Autumn: Robert O'Connor
Module TeachersPaul Van Kampen
Eilish McLoughlin
Jim Conway
Robert O'Connor
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module provides general science students with a comprehensive introduction to the physics topics of waves & optics and electricity & magnetism. The module aims to develop students' knowledge and appreciation of physics and their ability to confidently handle physics problems using algebra-based methods. Students will complete Physics Laboratories over the semester that will enable them to see the relationship between the lecture material and experiments.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and apply basic physical concepts related to waves & optics and electricity & magnetism.
2. Solve numerical problems in waves & optics and electricity & magnetism
3. Explain the physical principles underpinning related physics experiments.
4. Carry out basic investigations in optics and electric circuits

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36Three lectures per week
Online activity12Pre-lecture reading
Assignment Completion24Homework assignments
Laboratory36Guided inquiry physics tasks
Online activity6Laboratory Pretests & Prelabs
Independent Study76Independent Study
Total Workload: 190

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Waves and Optics
Elasticity & Oscillations, Waves, Sound, Electromagnetic Waves, Light: Geometric Optics, Optical Instruments, The wave nature of light

Electricity and Magnetism
Electric Forces and Fields, Electric Potential, Electric Current and Circuits, Magnetic Forces and Fields, Electromagnetic Induction, Alternating Current

Laboratory work
Laboratories on optics and electric circuits

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentLaboratory Assessment25%As required
Completion of online activityCompletion of online homework assignments and continuous assesment examinations25%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • 0: Alan Giambattista 2019, Physics, 5th Ed., McGrawHill,
Other Resources

55297, Online Learning Support Platform, 0, McGraw-Hill Connect,
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