Full Title:Physics Through PBL 1
Module Code:PHYS S7Z03
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 7 programme(s)
Module Description:● Knowledge of physics is fundamental to the understanding of all scientific concepts and principles. It is therefore a necessary part of any scientific program that aims to inculcate the basic principle underlining scientific observation and measurement. The physics taught here (mechanics, electricity and radioactivity) is the foundation upon which other concepts later in the programme are built. ● Equally as important as the physics taught is the method of teaching which is Problem Based Learning. PBL encourages deep learning and the development of professional skills such as self motivation, group learning, team working, leadership skills, presentation skills, self esteem, and self confidence.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Contribute to problem solving as a member of a group (Process Skill).
  2. Learn through self-directed learning and Self assess their learning process (Process Skill).
  3. Explain how the principles of mechanics can be used to perform calculations relating to mechanics (Product Content).
  4. Explain how the principles of electricity can be used to perform calculations relating to electricity as well as explaining Radioactivity (Product Content).
  5. Perform experiments using mechanical and electrical instruments and write scientific reports (Product Content).

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
S.I. system of units; kinetics; force, mass and weight; work, energy and power; momentum; circular motion.
Properties of Matter
Density; flotation; pressure (in liquids and gases); fluid flow
Electrostatic concepts; D.C. circuits, energy and power; magnets; magnetic forces; motors; electromagnetic induction, generators and transformers, A.C. and D.C. electricity; electro-chemistry.
Nuclear Radiation, Radioactive Isotopes, Penetration of Radiation
Group Marking:Phase 1: Product mark:
● Each member of the group receives the same mark prorated by attendance. ● No process mark is allocated.
Group Marking:Phase 2: Product and process mark:
● Each member of the group receives the same Product mark prorated by attendance. ● Individual process marks are awarded by the lecturer and agreed with each student.
Group Marking:Phase 3: Peer Assessment:
● The total mark for the group is determined and prorated by attendance. The students then allocate these marks between the group members. This division is done either, preferably by discussion within the group, or by voting.
Group Marking and Semesters
● Semester 1 usually uses Phase 1 & 2 marking. ● Semester 2 usually uses Phase 3 marking.
Problem and Tutorial Weighting
● In addition to the PBL problems each student normally submits at least 2 tutorial sheets for assessment each semester. Also there will be a Moodle Quiz in semester 1. ● Each PBL problem, tutorial sheet and quiz has the same weighting.
Students group allocation
The students are allocated into groups and the groups are changed after each member has been chair of the group. The balance of the groups and hence the group dynamic are controlled by the lecturers
Learning and Teaching Methods
There will preferably be 2 two-hour Problem-Based Learning (PBL) sessions per week. The students are divided into groups of about 5, and each group works co-operatively and in a structured way to solve each of a series of about 15 problems. (Each problem will take usually 1 to 3 sessions to solve). The solution of these problems involves the Curriculum Objectives given in the first column of the Curriculum Matrix (see below). Each group then presents a report or audiovisual presentation, which forms the basis for continuous assessment. The problems are designed so that practical work is an integral part where appropriate. Occasional tutorials will be used to reinforce the Curriculum Objectives covered in problems.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Written Report 1/ Continuous Assessment will be based on the problem reports. The mark for each student being derived from a combination of turor, peer and self assessment. There are aproximately 15 PBL problems. 2/ There are typically 2 - 3 coursework exercises and one Moodle quiz. 3/ All coursework elements carry the same weighting. 1,2,3,4,5 100.00 0 0 Every Week 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Practical PBL Problem Session 4.00 Every Week 4.00
Independent Study Directed Reading and Group work outside Lab. 5.00 Every Week 5.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 9.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Duncan, Tom 2005, Physics for Today and Tomorrow Second Ed., John Murray, London
  • Duncan, Tom 2000, Advanced Physics, Fifth Ed., Hodder, London
  • Duncan, T.and Kennett, H. 2001, GCSE Physics, Hodder, London
  • Breithaupt, Jim 2010, Physics, Third Ed., Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • Nuffield Advanced Science 2004, Book of Data, Longman, UK
  • Casserly, B. and Horgan,B 2000, Physics Now, Gill & Macmillan, Dublin
  • O’Regan, Dan 2000, Real World Physics, Folens, Dublin
  • O’Regan, Dan 2000, Real World Physics Workbook, Folens, Dublin
  • Johnson, Keith 2006, Physics for you, Hutchinson Education, England
  • Nelkon, M. 2005, Principles of Physics, Eighth Ed., Longman, England
  • Gov. Pub., Mathematical Tables, Dublin
  • Grant, I. S. and Phillips, W. R. 2001, The Elements of Physics, Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Henly, Randal 2000, Physics Today, C J Fallon, Dublin
  • Knight, Randal 2012, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, International ed., Pearson, San Francisco
  • Knight, Randal 2008, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, An Instructors Guide, Pearson, San Francisco
  • Knight, Randal 2008, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Student Workbook, Pearson, San Francisco
  • Bloomfield, Louis 2009, How Things Work, Fourth Ed., Wiley, New York
  • Ball, Moore and Turner 2008, Essential Physics for Radiographers, Fourth Ed., Blackwell, UK
  • Geller, E. et al. 2003, Dictionary of Physics, Third Ed., McGraw-Hill, NY
  • Kenny, Andrew 2010, Investigating Physics, Gill & Macmillan Dublin [ISBN: 978071745881]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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