Module code: ENG0010

Module Overview

A foundation level physics module designed to reinforce and broaden basic A-Level Physics material in mechanics and materials, develop practical skills, and prepare students for the more advanced concepts and applications in the first year of their Engineering or Physical Sciences degree.

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader


Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 3

JACs code:

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

ENG0014 Engineering and Physical Sciences Laboratory & Project (co-requisite)

Module content

Indicative content includes:
• Vector and scalar quantities, resolution of coplanar forces
• Conditions for equilibrium.
• Moments, torques and couples
• Tension and compression and interpretation of stress/strain graphs
• Centres of mass and centroids
Linear Dynamics
• Equations of motion and their graphical representation
• Newton’s laws of motion
• Systems with friction, limiting friction
• Efficiency of processes and sources of energy loss
• Conservation of momentum in two body collisions
Oscillations and Waves
• Vibrations and waves
• Measuring waves, (including path difference and phase difference)
• Properties of waves
• Stationary and progressive waves
Gravitational Fields
• Newton’s Law
• Gravitational field strength
• Gravitational potential
• Orbits of planets and satellites
Rotational Dynamics
• Circular motion at constant speed, centripetal acceleration
• Angular displacement, speed, acceleration, frequency and period
• Circular motion with constant acceleration
• Rotational energy and momentum, moment of inertia

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Coursework assignments x2 20
School-timetabled exam/test In-class test (1 hour) 10
Examination Written examination (2 hours) 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of physical concepts and rules, and to show their skills in solving a variety of problems, in different contexts, using appropriately selected techniques.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
• Final written examination [all learning outcomes covered] 70%
• Coursework assignment(s) [LOs 4 - 7] 20%
• In class test [LOs 1 - 3] 10%

Formative assessment
Formative ‘assessment’ is ongoing throughout the semester through work on tutorial questions.

Formative feedback is provided orally on a one-to-one basis and to the whole group in tutorial/problems classes, and through issuing fully worked solutions to tutorial problems via SurreyLearn following the class.

Module aims

  • Introduce the scientific principles relevant to mechanics, materials and waves
  • Introduce the ideas of simple mathematical modelling as applied in mechanics, materials and waves

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Newton's laws of motion and their application to systems in equilibrium, and to rigid bodies moving under the action of simple systems of forces CK
002 The concept of a vector and how vectors can be used to solve problems in mechanics CK
003 The concept of momentum CK
004 The concept of different types of waves, their measurement and properties CK
005 The concept of stationary versus progressive waves CK
006 The concepts of circular motion and inertia CK
007 To apply theoretical knowledge to model real-world systems and to solve simple practical problems in statics, linear and rotational dynamics and oscillations and waves CKPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 33

Tutorial Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to familiarise students with physical concepts and techniques, supported by use of examples and applications; students are engaged in the solution of problems and application of techniques in tutorials/problems and practical/demonstration classes.

The learning and teaching methods include:
• Lecture/Seminar (3 hrs/week, for 11 weeks) to revise prior learning and bring students from varying backgrounds to a common level of knowledge, and to introduce new concepts and techniques and provide illustrative examples and applications.
• Guided self-study to cover certain topics, in order to develop students’ independent learning skills.
• Problem sheets of examples for technique selection and skills development.
• Tutorials/problems classes (1 hr/week for 11 weeks) for the development of skills in selecting and applying appropriate techniques, using problems sheets; assistance is given both at individual level, and for the group on common areas of difficulty

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for DUMMY PHYSICS A : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/eng0010

Other information


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.