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|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Lectures, practicals, tutorials/workshops, computer-aided learning.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 36 one-hour lectures; 11 one-hour tutorials; 27 hours of practical work (pre-laboratory activities plus nine weeks of 2- or 3- hour workshop sessions). |
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours total time commitment.
|Prerequisites:|| VCE Unit 3/4 Mathematical Methods (either) or Introduction to Mathematics or equivalent. |
Assumed knowledge: some knowledge of physics to Year 10 level.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||
Students may only gain credit for one of Physics 2: Advanced, Physics 2, Physics 2: Life Sciences and Environment, Physics for Biomedicine, 640-142 (prior to 2008), 640-152 (prior to 2008), 640-162 (prior to 2008).
|Core Participation Requirements:||
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.
CoordinatorAssoc Prof Michelle Livett
|Subject Overview:||This subject will develop students' appreciation of the importance of physical principles to biomedicine as well as their understanding of the principles underpinning human structure and function, medical diagnostics and therapeutics. |
The subject provides an introduction to:
Mechanics: in the context of human and animal movement (introduction to Newton's laws of motion, energy transfer and transformation).
Fluids: blood flow, respiration (pressure in fluids, fluid flow, viscosity);
Thermal physics: energy balance of living organisms (thermal energy, temperature, heating processes, first law of thermodynamics);
Electricity and magnetism: bioelectricity, nerve conduction, electrical safety (forces between electric charges, electric circuits, resistance, capacitance, magnetic forces);
Atomic physics and lasers: fluorescence imaging and spectroscopy (structure of the atom, photons, spectroscopy, interaction of light with matter);
Radiation: radiation safety, therapeutic uses of radiation (the atomic nucleus, isotopes, nuclear decay and radiation, physical and biological half-life, ionising radiation); and
Imaging: modern biomedical imaging (X-rays, CT-scans and angiography, ultrasound imaging, positron emission tomography).
To enable students to understand the importance of physical principles to biological and environmental sciences, and develop their capacity to:
|Assessment:||Ongoing assessment of practical work during the semester (25%); two written tests with a total duration of up to 1 hour, held early and mid semester (10%); one written assignment requiring up to 4 hours of work outside class time during the semester (5%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (60%). |
Satisfactory completion of practical work is necessary to pass the subject (i.e. attendance and submission of work for at least 80% of workshop sessions together with a result for assessed work of at least 50%).
|Prescribed Texts:||R Knight, B Jones and S Field, College Physics: A Strategic Approach, 2nd edition, Addison-Wesley, 2007.|
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:||A student who completes this subject should be able to: |
This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine.
Required equipment: laboratory coat and safety glasses.
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