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Module BIC-0008:
Physics 1

Module Facts

Run by Marketing: Bangor International College

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1


Overall aims and purpose

1) To provide students with a basic knowledge of atomic physics, materials, heat and gases and oscillations and waves 2) To introduce students to laboratory practice and procedures with an emphasis on the need to work with regard to the safety of themselves and others 3) To prepare students for the deployment of the knowledge they have gained in their undergraduate degree studies in Engineering or Computer Science

Course content

This module provides the appropriate foundation in Physics knowledge and related practical skills to enable students to be successful in their undergraduate studies in the fields of engineering and computer science. Many students will come from educational systems where there has been a strong emphasis placed on the study of sciences but it cannot be assumed that this will apply more generally. It is important therefore that the module ensures an appropriate level of scientific background required to cope with level 4 and beyond of an engineering or computer science first degree programme. The main topics covered are: Waves Properties of waves Sound; oscillators Reflection and refraction Interference and diffraction Electromagnetic waves; wave speed formulae Matter Materials – Strength of solids; Elastic behaviour; Structure of solids; Fluids; Non-viscous flow; Viscous flow; Surfaces Heat and Gases – Temperature; Heat capacities; Thermal coefficient; Thermal conduction; Thermal radiation; Ideal gases; Thermodynamics of ideal gases; Real gases; Vapours; Entropy and equilibrium Structure of the atom – Properties of the electron; Free electrons in metals; Electrons within atoms; Energy emitted by electrons; Properties of the nucleus; Radioactivity, Fission and Fusion

Assessment Criteria


Student has demonstrated sound, basic knowledge and technique in tackling many of the topics covered in the module and so shown clear suitability for undergraduate degree studies.


Student has coped sufficiently well with some aspects of the module to achieve the minimum level of pass to allow progression onto an undergraduate degree programme.


Student has performed effectively in all aspects of the module and has demonstrated a high level of suitability for and can proceed with confidence to undergraduate degree studies

Learning outcomes

  1. Work in a consistent set of units

  2. Demonstrate how physics is used in everyday life to solve practical problems

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the main ideas and methods studied and apply their understanding to solve problems

  4. Describe phenomena in terms of geometrical, pictorial and mathematical models

  5. Use the theoretical structure of the subject by applying it to the techniques of experimental physics

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
lab reports 30
final exam 70

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study 50
Laboratory 10
Practical classes and workshops 40

Transferable skills

  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Safety-Consciousness - Having an awareness of your immediate environment, and confidence in adhering to health and safety regulations
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team

Subject specific skills

  1. Demonstrate an understanding and ability to apply concepts, principles and theories underpinning physics to relevant situations
  2. Develop an awareness of the relevance of physics and mathematics to the field of engineering
  3. Demonstrate the ability to undertake practical work, on computers and the capability to work in a laboratory collecting, organising and presenting data using appropriate techniques


Resource implications for students

Core Text Book

Reading list

Hudson, M. and Fullick, P. (2008) Edexcel A Level Science: AS Physics Pearson Education

England, N., Davenport, C, Pollard, J. and Thomas, N. (2015) AQA A Level Physics: Year 1 and AS Hodder Education

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