Physical Basis of Biological Systems

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physical Basis of Biological Systems

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    Introductory mechanics, Newtonian dynamics, projectile motion, work & energy, elastic properties of solids, fluids, heat, electromagnetic radiation, radiation physics, dc. electricity, bioelectric effects. Special lectures on biophysical applications including biomedical instrumentation, lasers in dentistry and medicine. Laboratory experiments.
    Course Introduction
    • This is a non-calculus introduction to Physics in a biological context, introducing the physical principles that underlie the biological world.
    • It is designed for a range of students, including those wishing to major in biology or chemistry fields.
    • It may also be used as preparation for GAMSAT for entry to the Graduate Medical Program.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Define, explain and interrelate fundamental concepts of physics, of relevance to biological systems
    • Identify the essential physics governing the behaviour of a range of systems
    • Apply theory and techniques to solve a range of numerical problems and obtain correct values for physical quantities in appropriate units of measurement
    • Investigate phenomena, perform experimental measurements and analyse data
    • Comprehend and present information in various scientific forms (tabular, graphical, diagrammatic, written)
    Class Contact
    3hours Lectures, 1 hour Tutorial, 3 hours Practical
    Assessment Summary
    In class quiz: 5% (bonus)
    Tutorial: 10%
    Laboratory Report: 20%
    Mid-Semester Exam: 15%
    Final Exam: 55%

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