Engineering Institute of Technology


Unit Name


Unit Code



Unit Duration



Bachelor of Science (Engineering)


Duration 3 years

Year Level


Unit Creator/Reviewer





BSC101C, BSC103C

Credit Points



Total Course Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)

Mode of Delivery

Online or on-campus.

Unit Workload

(Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week)

Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours Tutorial – 1.5 hours

Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours Personal Study recommended - 5 hours

Unit Description and General Aims


This unit is a core unit in all sub-disciplines.


This unit introduces the student to the principles of engineering physics and chemistry. It seeks to enhance his or her fundamental knowledge in the field of Physics and Chemistry and their applications relevant to various streams of engineering and technology. The subject contents include, but are not limited to, measurements, motion, momentum, heat, matter, elements, energy, forces, optics, chemical reactions, radioactivity, nuclear and modern physics, organic chemistry and biochemistry. The unit further enables the student to display analytical problem solving ability in providing solutions to engineering problems.


On completion, the student should be able to describe examples and applications of the principles studied and apply them in the engineering technology field.


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:


  1. Detail concepts related to motion, force, energy, momentum and application of Newton’s laws

  2. Describe the properties of solids, liquids and gases

  3. Examine wave, sound and heat properties

  4. Outline and detail modern physics concepts including optics and photons

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of nuclear physics

  6. Develop an understanding of the fundamentals regarding matter, elements, atoms and ions

  7. Describe how chemical reactions occur and how equilibrium state is reached

  8. Apply the principles of Electro, Organic and Biochemistry

    Professional Development

    Completing this unit may add to students professional development/competencies by:

    1. Fostering personal and professional skills and attributes in order to:

      1. Conduct work in a professionally diligent, accountable and ethical manner.

      2. Effectively use oral and written communication in personal and professional domains.

      3. Foster applicable creative thinking, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

      4. Develop initiative and engagement in lifelong learning and professional development.

      5. Enhance collaboration outcomes and performance in dynamic team roles.

      6. Effectively plan, organise, self-manage and manage others.

      7. Professionally utilise and manage information.

      8. Enhance technologist literacy and apply contextualised technologist skills.

    2. Enhance investigatory and research capabilities in order to:

      1. Develop an understanding of systematic, fundamental scientific, mathematic principles, numerical analysis techniques and statistics applicable to technologists.

      2. Access, evaluate and analyse information on technologist processes, procedures, investigations and the discernment of technologist knowledge development.

      3. Foster an in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge, computer science, engineering design practice and contextual factors applicable to technologists.

      4. Solve basic and open-ended engineering technologist problems.

      5. Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds associated with sustainable engineering practice.

    3. Develop engineering application abilities in order to:

      1. Apply established engineering methods to broadly-defined technologist problem solving.

      2. Apply engineering technologist techniques, tool and resources.

      3. Apply systematic technologist synthesis and design processes.

      4. Systematically conduct and manage technologist projects, work assignments, testing and experimentation.

Engineers Australia

The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.


Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency


Knowledge and Skill Base


Systematic, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the technology domain.


Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the technology domain.


In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the technology domain.


Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain.


Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain.


Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the technology domain.


Engineering Application Ability


Application of established engineering methods to broadly-defined problem solving within the technology domain.


Application of engineering techniques, tools and resources within the technology domain.


Application of systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain.


Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain.


Professional and Personal Attributes


Ethical conduct and professional accountability.


Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.


Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.


Professional use and management of information.


Orderly management of self and professional conduct.


Effective team membership and team leadership.

Graduate Attributes

Successfully completing this Unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes aligned to the AQF Level 7 criteria, Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists and the Sydney Accord:


Graduate Attributes

(Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Professional and Personal Development)

EA Stage 1 Competencies

Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge of Science and Engineering Fundamentals

A1. Breadth of knowledge of engineering and systematic, theory-based understanding of underlying principles, and depth of knowledge across one or more engineering sub- disciplines


1.1, 1.3


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

A2. Knowledge of mathematical, statistical and computer sciences appropriate for engineering technology




1, 5, 8

A3. Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain


2, 4, 5

A4. Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain




B. Problem Solving, Critical Analysis and Judgement

B1. Ability to research, synthesise, evaluate and innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches across diverse engineering technology contexts to effectively solve engineering problems


1.4, 2.1, 2.3



B2. Technical and project management skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering technology professional practice


2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2


C. Effective Communication

C1. Cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and organise information and ideas and to communicate those ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms appropriate to the audience




1, 4

C2. Ability to engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of cultures



D. Design and Project Management

D1. Apply systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain

2.1, 2.2, 2.3


D2. Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain




E. Accountability, Professional and Ethical Conduct

E1. Innovation in applying engineering technology, having regard to ethics and impacts including economic; social; environmental and sustainability


1.6, 3.1, 3.4


E2. Professional conduct, understanding and accountability in professional practice across diverse circumstances including team work, leadership and independent work


3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6


Unit Competency and Learning Outcome Map

This table details the mapping of the unit graduate attributes to the unit learning outcomes and the Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Engineering Technologist.




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Student assessment


Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting (% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed


Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: Measurements, Motion, Force, Laws of motion, Work, Energy, Momentum

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers and solve some simple equations to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts.


Week 4






Assessment 2

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: Solids, Fluids, Waves and Optics

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers or solve some simple problems or complete a practical.


Week 7




2, 3, 4


Assessment 3

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation / Project

/ Report

Example Topic: Nuclear Physics, matter, elements, chemical reaction, equilibrium

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers or solve some simple problems or complete a practical.


Week 10




5, 6, 7


Assessment 4 Type: Examination All topics

An examination with a mix of detailed report type questions and/or simple numerical problems to be completed in 3 hours.


Final Week




1 to 8


Attendance / Tutorial Participation

Example: Presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis, application.



1 to 8

Prescribed and recommended readings


Suggested Textbook


  • Rex, A, Wolfson, R 2009, Essential College Physics with Mastering Physics, Addison- Wesley, ISBN-13: 978-0321598561.

  • Zumdahl, SS, deCoste, DJ 2104, Introductory Chemistry: a Foundation, 8th edn, Cengage Learning, ISBN-13: 978-1305256743.


    To be confirmed by lecturer.


    Journal, website Chemistry


    Reference Materials


  • Multiple Authors 2012, College Physics, Open Textbook Library, ISBN 13: 978-1- 9381680-0-0

  • Ball, D 2011, Introductory Chemistry, Open Textbook Library, ISBN 13: 978-1- 4533110-7-3.Available as e-book from

  • Peer reviewed Journals

  • Knovel library:

  • IDC Technologies publications

  • Other material and online collections as advised during the lectures

Unit Content

One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.


Topic 1

Forces, the Laws of Motion and Momentum

  1. Distance, time and mass measurements

  2. Fundamental constants and dimensional analysis

  3. Position, displacement, velocity, speed, acceleration and SUVAT

  4. Scalars, vectors and forces

  5. Velocity and acceleration in two dimensions

  6. Force and mass

  7. Newton’s first law

  8. Centripetal force

  9. Newton’s second law

  10. Newton’s third law


Topic 2

Physics Applications

  1. Motion on a flat surface

  2. Friction

  3. Motion on an inclined plane

  4. Projectile motion and uniform circular motion

  5. Drag

  6. Pulley systems


Topic 3

Work and Energy

  1. Work

  2. Energy

  3. Work done by constant force and variable forces

  4. Potential and Kinetic energy

  5. Workenergy theorem

  6. Conservation of energy

  7. Power and Momentum

  8. Momentum

  9. Euler’s first law

  10. Angular momentum

  11. Euler’s second law


Topic 4

Solids and Fluids

  1. States of matter

  2. Solids and elasticity

  3. Fluid pressure

  4. Buoyancy and Archimedes’ principle

  5. Fluid motion

  6. Surface tension and viscosity


Topic 5

Waves, Sound, Thermal Expansion, Heat

  1. Wave properties

  2. Interference and standing waves

  3. Sound waves

  4. Doppler effect

  5. Thermal expansion

  6. Heat and thermal energy


Topic 6


  1. Reflection, plane and spherical mirrors

  2. Refraction and dispersion

  3. Thin lenses

  4. Microscopes and telescopes

  5. Eye and vision

  6. Interference, Diffraction

  7. Polarization and scattering

  8. Photons


Topic 7

Fundamental of Matter, Elements, Atoms and Ions

  1. Matter basics

  2. Physical and chemical properties

  3. Elements and compounds

  4. Mixtures and pure substances

  5. Elements and symbols

  6. Atomic structure

  7. Isotopes, periodic table


Topic 8

Nuclear Physics

  1. Nuclear structure and stability

  2. Radioactivity

  3. Activity and halflife

  4. Nuclear fission and fusion

  5. Particles and antiparticles

  6. Quantization

  7. Blackbody radiation and Planck’s Constant

  8. Waveparticle duality


Topic 9

Chemical Reaction, Equilibrium

  1. Evidence for a chemical reaction

  2. Chemical equations

  3. Reactions in which a solid forms

  4. Reactions in aqueous solutions

  5. Reactions of metals with non-metals

  6. Chemical equilibrium


Topic 10

Solids, Liquids and Gases

  1. The solid state

  2. Water and its phase changes

  3. Intermolecular forces, pressure

  4. Evaporation

  5. Vapour pressure

  6. Gas laws


Topic 11

Acids, Bases, Solutions

  1. Acids and bases

  2. The pH scale

  3. Buffered solutions

  4. Solubility, mass percent

  5. Molarity

  6. Dilution

  7. Stoichiometry of solution reactions


Topic 12

Chemical Bonding, Electro, Organic and Bio Chemistry

  1. Types of chemical bonds

  2. Electronegativity, bond polarity and dipole moments

  3. Stable electron configurations

  4. Ionic bonding

  5. Electrochemistry basics

  6. Carbon bonding

  7. Alkenes and alkanes

  8. Primary, Secondary and Tertiary structure of proteins

  9. Exam revision

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