PHY115 Physics for Medical Radiation Science (8)

This subject provides essential physics within the context of medical radiation science. It provides the fundamental knowledge and understanding of a wide range of topics from important physical laws and concepts relevant to medical radiation science.


Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHY115. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science

Assumed Knowledge

First year foundational physics subject such as PHY107

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of, and perform calculations in, DC electricity, magnetism and AC electricity
  • be able to describe and perform calculations in atomic physics, semiconductors and solid state devices.
  • be able to demonstrate comprehension of and perform calculations involving both radiation production and interaction, and the associated radiological quantities.
  • be able to compute and solve problems of a conceptual and quantitative nature in the above areas of medical radiation physics.
  • be abe to recognise and describe the principles of radiation physics


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Electrostatics, electric charge and potential
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Alternating current
  • Atomic physics and semi-conductors
  • Solid state devices
  • X-rays
  • X-rays and gamma ray interaction with matter
  • X-ray and gamma ray interaction with tissue

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PHY115 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Online questions 1
Online questions 2
Online questions 3
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.