PHYSICS

SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1F321834
Module Leader Paul McKenna
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Instrumentation and Control
Trimester
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide a fundamental knowledge and understanding of selected areas of physics of relevance to forensic investigation.

Syllabus

Units and Measures: SI Units, Dimensional Analysis, Scalars and Vectors, presenting data. Mechanics: 1-d motion and forces, Energy & Work. Thermal Physics: Temperature, Thermal expansion. Heat capacity, Specific Heat, Heat Transfer, Ideal Gas Laws. Properties of Matter: Density, Pressure, Archimedes' Principle, Elasticity, stress, strain, Hooke's Law Waves: Longitudinal and Transverse waves, Wave equation, the Electromagnetic Spectrum, Polarised Light Optics: Reflection, Refraction, Interference, Diffraction Atomic Structure: Structure of the atom, Rutherford scattering, The Bohr Model, Line spectra. "N.B. The syllabus consists of a list of topics normally covered within the module. Each topic may not be dealt with in the same detail".

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1 Perform a selection of basic measurement techniques;2 Understand and apply the basic concepts of mechanics, thermal systems and wave motion to solve problems;3 Carry out related practical work in a safe manner and to record, interpret and report the experimental data gathered.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Lectures supported by tutorials, problem solving workshops and laboratory practical's. eTutorials are delivered to students to allow instant feedback on performance. This is extended to eAssessment with feedback to students at the end of the assessment period. Interactive problem solving of tutorial questions by video with live commentary. Lectures supported by tutorials, problem solving workshops and laboratory practical's. eTutorials are delivered to students to allow instant feedback on performance. This is extended to eAssessment with feedback to students at the end of the assessment period. Interactive problem solving of tutorial questions by video with live commentary. The material listed in the syllabus will be covered in lectures by illustrations from everyday life. Examples include: the importance of mechanics in forensic investigation and the design of safety systems, impact forces on people, the difference between heat and temperature, the pros and cons of resonance, optical phenomenon such as interference and optical detection techniques. Students will receive individualised feedback on their performance through one-to-one contact with tutors at tutorials which will reinforce the students' learning .

Indicative Reading

Introduction to Physics, 11th Edition International Student Version John D. Cutnell, Kenneth W. Johnson, David Young, Shane Stadler Wiley ISBN: Vol I 978-1-305-96551-5 Vol II 978-1-305-96552-2 Principles of Physics, 10th Edition International Student Version David Halliday, Robert Resnick, Jearl Walker Wiley ISBN: 978-1-118-41378

Transferrable Skills

During this module the students' problem solving skills will be developed. The course work will improve the students' skills in written communication. The laboratory work, which will be completed in pairs, will begin to develop the student's ability to interact with his / her peers.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 8.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Practicals (FT) 10.00
Independent Learning (FT) 143.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% Log Book
Coursework 2 n/a 50.00 35% Problem Solving Exercises