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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Physics for Science Teachers 1
Module Code PS220
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paul Van Kampen
Semester 2: Paul Van Kampen
Autumn: Paul Van Kampen
Module TeachersPaul Van Kampen
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

This module provides a comprehensive introduction to the physics topic of mechanics. The module aims to help students develop their understanding of concepts and applications of physics, their ability to confidently handle physics problems using algebra-based methods, and to develop transferable laboratory and communication skills.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and apply basic physical concepts as they relate to mechanics
2. Solve numerical problems in mechanics
3. Describe, apply and explain in detail the concepts of speed and acceleration, force, work and energy, impulse and momentum
4. Explain the physical principles which underpin associated laboratory experiments

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture18Lecture attendance
Online activity6Pre-lecture reading
Assignment Completion12Homework assignments
Laboratory30Guided inquiry physics tasks
Online activity6Laboratory Pretests and Prelabs
Independent Study53Individual study time
Total Workload: 125

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

Nature of science; proportional reasoning; graphing; reasoning skills

Laboratory skills
Designing, implementing, critiquing experiments. Measurement and uncertainty. Graphing and tabulation. Reporting.

Distance, time, speed, acceleration; uniform and uniformly accelerated motion; 1-D and 2-D motion

Forces, Newton's laws of motion, free-body diagrams. Impulse and momentum. Work and energy.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Laboratory PortfolioLaboratory pretests, prelabs, and exam30%As required
AssignmentOnline pre-lecture assignments and homework exercises20%n/a
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

  • Giambattista: 2019, Physics, 5th Edition, McGrawHill, (online e-text),
  • OpenStax: 0, College Physics, https://cnx.org/contents/Ax2o07Ul@16.17:HR_VN3f7@6/Introduction-to-Science-and-the-Realm-of-Physics-Physical-Quantities-and-Units,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
SMPSCSingle Module Prof. Science and Health

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