National University of Ireland, Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    National University of Ireland, Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to this course is subject to the agreement of the Head of the Discipline offering the course and will depend on the applicant's academic background in the relevant subject area.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    7 - 9
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    11 - 13
  • Overview

    This module lays a broad foundation in physics, both for students who will continue to study physics in subsequent years of their degree programme and for those who will continue to study other subjects. No prior knowledge of physics is assumed, though a significant minority of students (perhaps 33%) will have a Leaving Certificate qualification in physics. The level of mathematics required is simple algebra and trigonometry.

    Learning Outcomes
    Understand and explain basic physical principles related to topics such as motion, forces, energy, heat, waves, electricity, light, atoms and radiation.
    Identify basic physical principles governing the behaviour of simple systems.
    Describe physical processes using simple equations and solve numerical problems.
    Make measurements in the physics laboratory.
    Record and analyze experimental data and draw conclusions based on these data.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.