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PHSI191 Biological Physics

Foundations of physics for the health sciences including mechanics, properties of fluids and solids, thermodynamics, optics, electrostatics and DC circuits, and radiation and health.

PHSI 191 first semester and PHSI 191 Summer School:
Physics is central to an understanding of biomedical science. The aim of this paper is to provide the base concepts of physics necessary for studies in the health and life sciences as clearly as possible. The content of this paper has been chosen in close collaboration with the clinicians and academics in the Faculty of Health Science. PHSI 191 is a required part of the Health Sciences First Year programme at Otago and is a prerequisite paper for a number of other science papers.

Paper title Biological Physics
Paper code PHSI191
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Restriction
PHSI 131, PHSI 110
Schedule C
Science
Notes
(i) It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in PHSI 191 have achieved the externally examined Achievement Standards for NCEA Level 3 Physics. (ii) PHSI 191 may be taken at the 2017 Summer School only by students who passed the laboratory assessment for PHSI191 in 2016, but failed the paper overall.
Eligibility
PHSI 191 first semester:
There are no specific entry requirements for students taking PHSI 191, but it is recommended that students achieved the externally examined Achievement Standards for NCEA Level 3 Physics (or hold an equivalent qualification).

PHSI 191 Summer School:
The summer school version of PHSI 191 is only available to students who have enrolled for and failed the first semester version in the previous year. Students would normally be required to have passed the laboratory component of the first semester version of the paper in the previous year.
Contact
physics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
PHSI 191 first semester:
Course Director: Professor Pat Langhorne
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Terry Scott
Lecturers from the Department of Physics and guests from the Health Sciences Division

PHSI 191 Summer School:
Course Co-ordinators: Professor Pat Langhorne, Dr Terry Scott
Lecturers from the Department of Physics
Paper Structure
PHSI 191 first Semester and PHSI 191 Summer School:
The paper covers physics topics relevant to biology, arranged in the following modules:
  • Mechanics of movement
  • Macroscopic properties of fluids and solids
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electrostatics and DC circuits
  • Optics
  • Radiation and health
Teaching Arrangements
PHSI 191 first semester:
The paper comprises 48 lectures. There are six compulsory three-hour laboratories and six homework assignments. A mid-semester exam will be held around the middle of the course.
Assessment:
  • Homework Assignments 6%
  • Laboratories 6%
  • Mid-Semester Exam 18% (plussage applies)
  • Final Exam 70%
PHSI 191 Summer School:
The paper comprises 23 two-hour lectures/tutorial sessions. There are six homework assignments. A mid-course exam will be held about halfway through the course. The laboratory grade is carried over from the first semester course.
  • Homework Assignments 6%
  • Laboratories 6% (carried over from first semester)
  • Mid-Semester Exam 18% (plussage applies)
  • Final Exam 70%
Textbooks
PHSI 191 first semester and PHSI 191 Summer School:
Required: Biological Physics for the Health and Life Sciences, by Franklin et al. (Wiley 2010).
Course outline
View course outline for PHSI 191
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes
Learning Outcomes
PHSI 191 first semester and PHSI 191 Summer School:
  • Apply an understanding of physical principles to biological systems
  • Use algebraic techniques to calculate the predicted value of physical quantities
  • Use a knowledge of physical principles to predict and rationalise the outcome of physical interactions
  • Carry out basic data collection and analysis tasks in the laboratory

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
L1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 18-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 17-22
L2 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 18-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 17-22
L3 Monday 17:00-17:50 9-15, 17-22
Tuesday 17:00-17:50 9-15, 18-22
Thursday 17:00-17:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 17:00-17:50 9-14, 17-22
L4 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 18-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 09:00-11:50 18
Tuesday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 19, 21
P2 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P3 Monday 09:00-11:50 18
Tuesday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 19, 21
P4 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P5 Monday 14:00-16:50 18
Tuesday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 14, 19, 21
P6 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P7 Monday 14:00-16:50 18
Tuesday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 14, 19, 21
P8 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P9 Monday 18:00-20:50 18
Tuesday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 14, 19, 21
P10 Tuesday 18:00-20:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P11 Monday 18:00-20:50 18
Tuesday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 14, 19, 21
P12 Tuesday 18:00-20:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P13 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P14 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P15 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P16 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P17 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P18 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P19 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P20 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P21 Wednesday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P22 Monday 18:00-20:50 15
Wednesday 18:00-20:50 11, 13, 18, 20, 22
P23 Wednesday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P24 Monday 18:00-20:50 15
Wednesday 18:00-20:50 11, 13, 18, 20, 22
P25 Thursday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P26 Thursday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P27 Thursday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P28 Thursday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P29 Thursday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P30 Thursday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P31 Thursday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P32 Thursday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P33 Thursday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P34 Thursday 18:00-20:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P35 Thursday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P36 Thursday 18:00-20:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22
P37 Friday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P38 Monday 09:00-11:50 15
Friday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 18, 20, 22
P39 Friday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P40 Monday 09:00-11:50 15
Friday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 18, 20, 22
P41 Friday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P42 Monday 14:00-16:50 15
Friday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 18, 20, 22
P43 Friday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21
P44 Monday 14:00-16:50 15
Friday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 18, 20, 22

Foundations of physics for the health sciences including mechanics, properties of fluids and solids, thermodynamics, optics, electrostatics and DC circuits, and radiation and health.

PHSI 191 first semester and PHSI 191 Summer School:
Physics is central to an understanding of biomedical science. The aim of this paper is to provide the base concepts of physics necessary for studies in the health and life sciences as clearly as possible. The content of this paper has been chosen in close collaboration with the clinicians and academics in the Faculty of Health Science. PHSI 191 is a required part of the Health Sciences First Year programme at Otago and is a prerequisite paper for a number of other science papers.

Paper title Biological Physics
Paper code PHSI191
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) First Semester, Summer School
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
PHSI 131, PHSI 110
Schedule C
Science
Notes
(i) It is strongly recommended that students enrolling in PHSI 191 have achieved the externally examined Achievement Standards for NCEA Level 3 Physics. (ii) PHSI 191 may be taken at the 2018 Summer School only by students who passed the laboratory assessment for PHSI191 in 2017, but failed the paper overall.
Eligibility
PHSI 191 first semester:
There are no specific entry requirements for students taking PHSI 191, but it is recommended that students achieved the externally examined Achievement Standards for NCEA Level 3 Physics (or hold an equivalent qualification).

PHSI 191 Summer School:
The Summer School version of PHSI 191 is only available to students who have enrolled for and failed the first-semester version in the previous year. Students would normally be required to have passed the laboratory component of the first-semester version of the paper in the previous year.
Contact
physics@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
PHSI 191 first semester:
Course Director: Professor Pat Langhorne
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Terry Scott
Lecturers from the Department of Physics and guests from the Health Sciences Division

PHSI 191 Summer School:
Course Co-ordinators: Professor Pat Langhorne, Dr Terry Scott
Lecturers from the Department of Physics
Paper Structure
PHSI 191 first semester and PHSI 191 Summer School:
The paper covers physics topics relevant to biology, arranged in the following modules:
  • Mechanics of movement
  • Macroscopic properties of fluids and solids
  • Thermodynamics
  • Electrostatics and DC circuits
  • Optics
  • Radiation and health
Teaching Arrangements
PHSI 191 first semester:
The paper comprises 48 lectures. There are six compulsory 3-hour laboratories and six homework assignments. A mid-semester exam will be held around the middle of the course.

Assessment:
  • Homework Assignments 6%
  • Laboratories 6%
  • Mid-Semester Exam 18% (plussage applies)
  • Final Exam 70%
PHSI 191 Summer School:
The paper comprises 23 2-hour lectures/tutorial sessions. There are six homework assignments. A mid-course exam will be held about halfway through the course. The laboratory grade is carried over from the first-semester course.
  • Homework Assignments 6%
  • Laboratories 6% (carried over from first semester)
  • Mid-Semester Exam 18% (plussage applies)
  • Final Exam 70%
Textbooks
PHSI 191 first semester and PHSI 191 Summer School:
Required: Biological Physics for the Health and Life Sciences, by Franklin et al. (Wiley 2010).
Course outline
View course outline for PHSI 191
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
PHSI 191 first semester and PHSI 191 Summer School:
  • Apply an understanding of physical principles to biological systems
  • Use algebraic techniques to calculate the predicted value of physical quantities
  • Use a knowledge of physical principles to predict and rationalise the outcome of physical interactions
  • Carry out basic data collection and analysis tasks in the laboratory

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
L1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
Friday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 15-22
L2 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Friday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 15-22
L3 Monday 17:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22
Tuesday 17:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 17:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22
Friday 17:00-17:50 9-12, 15-22
L4 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
Friday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 15-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P2 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P3 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P4 Tuesday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P5 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P6 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P7 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P8 Tuesday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P9 Tuesday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P10 Tuesday 18:00-20:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P11 Tuesday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P12 Tuesday 18:00-20:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P13 Monday 09:00-11:50 18
Wednesday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 15, 19, 21
P14 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P15 Monday 09:00-11:50 18
Wednesday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 15, 19, 21
P16 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P17 Monday 14:00-16:50 18
Wednesday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 15, 19, 21
P18 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P19 Monday 14:00-16:50 18
Wednesday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 15, 19, 21
P20 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P21 Monday 18:00-20:50 18
Wednesday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 15, 19, 21
P22 Wednesday 18:00-20:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P23 Monday 18:00-20:50 18
Wednesday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 15, 19, 21
P24 Wednesday 18:00-20:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P25 Thursday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P26 Thursday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P27 Thursday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P28 Thursday 09:00-11:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P29 Thursday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P30 Thursday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P31 Thursday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P32 Thursday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P33 Thursday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P34 Thursday 18:00-20:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P35 Thursday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P36 Thursday 18:00-20:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P37 Friday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P38 Monday 09:00-11:50 13
Friday 09:00-11:50 11, 16, 18, 20, 22
P39 Friday 09:00-11:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P40 Monday 09:00-11:50 13
Friday 09:00-11:50 11, 16, 18, 20, 22
P41 Friday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P42 Monday 14:00-16:50 13
Friday 14:00-16:50 11, 16, 18, 20, 22
P43 Friday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
P44 Monday 14:00-16:50 13
Friday 14:00-16:50 11, 16, 18, 20, 22

Summer School

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 13:00-14:50 2-7
Tuesday 13:00-14:50 2-5, 7
Thursday 13:00-14:50 2-7
Friday 13:00-14:50 2-7