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BEng/MEng Electrical, Electronic & Mechatronic Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Matter and Energy Phys 1

Course unit fact file
Unit code FOUN10061
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? No


An introduction to fundamental physical ideas with special reference to the relationship between matter and energy  



The aim is to introduce fundamental physical ideas with special reference to the relationship between matter and energy.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles with regard to topics covered.

Intellectual Skills:

Interpret data in diagrammatic, graphical, numerical, symbolic and verbal form.

Adapt knowledge to novel and unfamiliar situations.

Perform relevant calculations.

Transferable Skills and Personal Qualities:

Import mathematical knowledge and skills into the study of physics.



Topics covered:

Physical quantities

Dimensional analysis

Problem solving skills

Transfer and conservation of energy

Temperature and heat

Pressure in fluids

Ideal gas

Kinetic theory


Deformation of matter 

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, private study.


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Other 20%
Written exam 80%

Feedback methods

  • Marked coursework tests returned (usually the following week).
  • Examination scripts can be viewed by arrangement at a specified date


Recommended reading

Extensive study material (core text, exercises) is provided on Blackboard. There are no specific extra set books but suggestions for possible optional extra reading have been provided 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 24
Tutorials 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 63

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
David Ruiz Unit coordinator

Additional notes



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