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PHSI191 Biological Physics

Paper Description

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 is a text-book-based course, and the lectures and assignments are integrated with the text book. Self-directed learning is an important aspect of this course, and you are expected to prepare for lectures by reading specified sections from the text. The first module of the course is Mechanics, and the reading lists for this and the subsequent modules will be placed on Blackboard.

It is recommended that students enrolling in PHSI 191 have achieved the externally-examined Achievement Standards for NCEA Level 3 Physics.

The Blackboard web page is used to make announcements -- it is a good idea to check it regularly. Copies of the reading schedules, assignments and lecture material are also posted there.

Course Director:
Professor Pat Langhorne

Course Coordinator:
Dr Terry Scott

Teaching Staff:

Dr Terry Scott
Professor Pat Langhorne
Associate Professor Niels Kjaergaard
Associate Professor Jevon Longdell
Professor Craig Rodger
Professor David Hutchinson
Kirsten Franklin
Paul Muir
Paul Yates

Assessment:

Laboratories 6%
Homeworks 6%
Mid-Semester Exam 18%
Final Exam 70%
(A system of plussage applies to the Mid-Semester Exam.)

Timetable (for students in 2016, semester 1)
Each week (excluding weeks with public holidays and the final week of the semester) you will have 4 one-hour lectures. The provisional timetable for 2016 has three lecture streams, and you will be assigned to one at either 9 am, 12 noon, or 5 pm. The lectures are each weekday except Wednesday.

There are 6 practical laboratory sessions during the course (each 3 hours), and so you will have one lab class each fortnight. There are no PHSI 191 labs in the first week of classes. You will be streamed into a class starting at either 9 am, 2 pm, or 6 pm. There are no labs scheduled for Mondays or on Friday evenings at this time, and no weekend classes at all.

When you apply to Otago and enrol in the course, the eVision system will assign you a potential timetable, but we should warn prospective students that this is quite likely to change. Until the number of students enrolled in all the Health Science papers is known, the planned lecture and lab times must be considered to be provisional only. We believe that the timetable will be finalised shortly before the start of the semester. At this point we have been told an email will sent to your student email addresses with updates on timetabling issues.

PHSI191 has both lectures and laboratories.

A copy of the course curriculum can be found here.

Lectures

Topic Number of Lectures
Introductory Lecture 1 lecture
Mechanics 8 lectures
Properties of Bulk Materials 6 lectures
Thermodynamics 7 lectures
Electricity and DC Circuits 7 lectures
Optics 7 lectures
Radiation and Health 8 lectures
Exam Coaching Group 5 lectures

Laboratories

The laboratories are designed to teach you important laboratories skills and to reinforce concepts introduced in the lectures. Each laboratory is marked as part of the internal assessment.

Topic
Modelling Human Motion
Forces and Momentum
Pressure in Liquids and Gases
Thermal Energy and the Body
Electric Forces and Circuits
Light and Images

Introduction to Biological Physics for the Health and Life Sciences by Franklin, Muir, Scott, Yates and Wilcocks can be purchased through the University Book Shop, though it can be found in stock in other shops or online from a number of sources. This book is published by Wiley UK (2010), and is available internationally. As PHSI 191 is a text-book-based course, the textbook is required.

 Note that this is not the same as Biological Physics, which is a locally-printed draft version of the final textbook. This book is out of date and is not recommended for the course.

The Summer School paper is intended for students who have passed their laboratory component in the Semester One PHSI191 course but failed the paper overall.  This paper will be similar to PHSI 191, although there will be no laboratory component, and it will have significantly more tutorial-style contact. The laboratory component of the student's internal assessment in the first-semester paper will be carried over to the summer paper.  Enrolments will be typically be opened by the end of August.

The Blackboard web page is used to make announcements -- it is a good idea to check it regularly.

For more information on the Summer School, see the University's main page here.

Prerequisites

Students should have passed at least five out of the six laboratories in PHSI 191 in the previous year. Students who have not met this requirement may seek special permission to enter.

 


Formal University Information

The following information is from the University’s corporate web site.

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Details

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

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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 9-13, 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 15, 18
Wednesday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 19, 21
P22 Wednesday 18:00-20:50 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 22
P23 Monday 18:00-20:50 15, 18
Wednesday 18:00-20:50 10, 12, 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