Physical Modelling


Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physical Modelling

  • Host University


  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Recommended that students have completed either 35010 - Foundation Mathematics or equivalent, or are enrolled in or have completed 33130 - Mathematical Modelling 1 or equivalent.

  • 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

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This is a foundation physics subject. It covers the fundamentals of mechanics, thermal physics, electricity, fluids, waves and optics. Students are introduced to the basic techniques of measurement and technical communication.

    This subject aims to develop an appreciation of the physical principles governing natural processes. It is an essential foundation experience for all engineers. Through this subject, students appreciate that physics is not just a body of knowledge to be learned and understood. Together with mathematics, it provides a framework for understanding and modelling natural phenomena that is carried over into design and analysis in engineering.

    Students see that physics both enables and restrains engineering. Designs that are inconsistent with the laws of physics cannot be realised while much engineering innovation demands new physical insight or innovative uses of existing physical and mathematical models.

    The subject also seeks to give students insights into the processes and pleasures of physics itself as a professional discipline. This includes basic experiences with the analytical, problem solving, observational and technical as well as measurement skills needed to model natural processes. The strong link to mathematics is integral to this aspect of the subject, as is the laboratory program which also links to mathematical modelling. The technical communication and other generic skills developed in this subject are further developed in later subjects. Graduates and later stage students, whether using physics themselves, working with physicists in a research or design team, or using new products based on advanced physics concepts, need to function in a world of innovation in which physical understanding and new physics plays a key role. This subject initiates the insights and attitudes relevant to this goal.


    Course typically offered during both the Fall and Spring semesters

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.