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PH1011   Physics 1A

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF Level 7

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 12.00 noon lectures, one afternoon from five each week, 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm tutorial and 3.00 pm -5.30 pm lab

This module covers the core subjects of mechanics, waves and optics, and also provides an overview of the physical properties of matter. It is suitable for those who have studied physics to the level of Higher Physics or equivalent. It includes lectures on Newton's laws, work and energy, simple harmonic motion, the different types of wave motion, geometrical and wave optics, and the nature and composition of nuclei, atoms, molecules and solids, and their interactions. Relevant laboratory work is an important part of the module.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Student must have higher or A-Level physics and mathematics (both at grade b or better), or equivalent.

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take AS1002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Typically 4 lectures, 1 problem-solving workshop, 1 tutorial and 1 x 2.5-hour laboratory.

Scheduled learning hours: 85

Guided independent study hours: 115

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Class Test = 15%, Laboratory Work = 25%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 75%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 25%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Resit Examination = 60%, combined with existing Laboratory Work = 25%, existing Class Test = 15%

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for First and Second Level modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for such modules.


Module teaching staff: TBC