25974 - Physical Basics of Engineering


The subject is inserted into the module of basic formation of Degree in Industrial Engineering. As every professional, the
engineer must have mastery and skill in handling basic knowledge of physics to successfully tackle the solutions to the
problems that will arise during the professional practice.
Adding the skills acquired in this course to those obtained in other subjects within the basic formation module, the future
engineer will be ready to acquire more specific training in higher grades. In addition, she/he will obtain resources and basic
tools for interdisciplinary work that will develop as a professional.


Competencies of the subject. It is shown in brackets the relationship that exists between the competencies of the subject
and the crosscurricular or specific ones.
1. To develop basic knowledge of physics, applied in a significant way to the understanding of problematic situations that
arise in different areas of the course (C3).
2. To use procedures associated with the methodology of science consistently with the aim to solve problematic situations
of fundamental physics (experimental ones and paper and pencil ones):make qualitative analysis, hypothezise, build
alternative strategies, solve, manipulate devices and analyze the results (C4, C13).
3. To express and analyze in a proper way information related to the basic processes of physics, by using texts, formulas,
tables, graphs and charts (C4, C13).
4. To work in a team, in collaboration with partners to tackle issues of physics: make proposals, analyze the contributions
of others, discuss ideas and take the appropriate decision (C4, C14).
5. To have the right attitude towards the learning process, being participative and positive, and showing willingness to
overcome the problems that can arise (C12).
Crosscurricular competencies of the degree:
C10. To have discipline and the ability to work in a multilingual environment.
C12. To have a responsible and ordered attitude to work, taking into account the challenge and needs of establishing
continuous training, appearing willing to learn.
C13. To apply the own strategies of scientific methodology: set out problematic situations in a qualitative and quantitative
way, formulate hypothesis and seek answers using the model of the industrial engineering.
C14. To work efficiently in group integrating capacities and knowledge to take decisions in the field of industrial
Specific compentencies of the module:
C3. The ability to learn new methods and basic and technological knowledge that gives versatility that enable them to
adapt to the new grades.
C4. Problem solving skills, decision-taking initiative, creativity, critical reasoning, and in the field of industrial engineering,
knowledge, skills and ability to communicate and the ability to transmit.


In lectures and classroom practices the following topics will be worked
- Dynamics of the particle
- Work, energy and its conservation
- Lineal momentum and its conservation
- Dynamics of the solid rigid
- Angular momentum and its conservation
- Electric field and Gauss’s law
- Electric potential
- Capacitors and capacitance
- Direct-current circuits
- Magnetic field
- Electromagnetic induction
- Equations of Maxwell, electromagnetic waves.
Lab-practices include different topics, as mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and waves.


1. Another way of teaching and learning: continuous evaluation.
Most of you do not yet have college experience, but usually, classes are organized as follows: the teacher presents certain
theoretical contents and then solves a list of problems related to the previous exposition. The resources used are those
that are well-known: notes, textbooks, transparencies, lab, etc. Finally, the student makes a test or exam that decides
his/her grade. Do you find it familiar?
Maybe you do not know any other method of teaching and learning and you may think there is not other way to teach and
learn! However, this is not the case. For this subject, we have a different proposal. We will take into account the work
done throughout the course rather than risk all in one go. Do we make an attempt?
This new way demands more involvement on your part, you will be asked partitipation and continuous work, and you must
bring the subject up to date. Everything will be different: teaching, learning and assessment.
2. But what is learning?
Learning does not consist just in storaging data. Learning is not only knowing where to find information. Learning is not
only to be able to solve similar exercises than those solved by the lecturer in class. To learn is to face a problem related to
a theme and be able to look appropriate answers for resolution.
But what is a problem? It is a situation that we can not solve instantaneously. At first, we do not know the path we must
take to resolve it. Thus, pay attention to it! An exercise and a problem are not the same! An exercise is a situation to solve,
but in this case, we do know which path to follow to find the exit.
Learning, therefore, means having the ability to solve competently a new problematic situation. And look! We have arrived
at a keyword in this guide: competency.
3. What is a competency?
A competency is something that joins knowledge, skills, abilities, attitudes and values. If you integrate the competencies of
a particular subject, you will be able to complete the tasks or work on the subject properly.
As your university studies progress, you will integrate different competencies that are absolutely necessary to work as an
engineer. Here there are some of them: to be able to identify the different aspects of a problem; to search, organize and
represent data, using charts and graphs; to know how to use laboratory techniques; to describe situations; to
communicate, to inform, to argue ...
During the degree, each subject will help you to integrate these and other skills. To assimilate them, you will have to work
each of them.
You must bear in mind that the primary objective of education are these competencies and that the contents included at
the list of topics, although very important, are moved to second place. In fact, the collection of themes for each subject is
just a pretext to integrate these competencies we are talking about.
4. How are we going to work the subject day to day?
The program outlines the list of topics to work all along the academic year. To work each of the themes we will use the
following resources and tasks:
- Study-guide sheets: based on the textbook, there you will find the specific contents and problems to study and work.
You have them available in eGela (Moodle platform of university).
- Theory classes: directed to the whole group.
- Classroom practices: problems related to the concepts presented in the lectures will be solved.
- Lab sessions: practical training about the scientific methodology applied to experiments of physics. Acquisition of the
competencies for a good completion of a lab-report. Both, the realization of the practice and the subsequent report will be
done in groups.
- Other tasks: Periodically, the student will be asked to complete tasks of different nature, solved individually or in group.
They will be performed according to the teacher’s instructions.


Type of teaching M S GA GL GO
Classroom hours 60   45 15  
Hours of study outside the classroom 90   67,5 22,5  

Legend: M: Lecture S: Seminario GA: Pract.Class.Work GL: Pract.Lab work GO: Pract.computer wo
GCL: Clinical Practice TA: Workshop TI: Ind. workshop GCA: Field workshop


Final assessment system



- Extended written exam 65%
- Practical work (exercises, case studies & problems set) 10%
- Team work (problem solving, project design) 25%



There exist two assessment options: I) continuous assessment or II) final exam. The student who wants to renounce to the continuous assessment and sit the final exam must inform the teacher filling and sending a form (that will be on eGela)
before the 26th week of the teaching period.

During the academic year the students will have the opportunity to obtain 100 points. Those who get 50 points and fulfil
the requirements explained below will pass the course.
- Activity to assess: Additional tasks, reports, problems, group works, tests, seminars, etc.
Period: During the whole course.
Scoring: 25%
Observations: If a task is not completed for the asked date without justification implies zero points in this task. To pass the
ordinary call via continuous assessment it is compulsory to obtain a minimum grade of 10 out of 25 to prove the
acquisition of the competencies.
- Activity to assess: 1st written-examination.
Period: first topics.
Scoring: 10%
Observations: The tested topics are again included in the 2nd written-examination .
- Activity to assess: 2nd written-examination
Period: First four-month period.
Scoring: 20%
Observations: Topics included in the first four-month period. It is compulsory to obtain a minimum grade of 3.5 out of 10
to prove the acquisition of the competencies that should be obtained in order not to repeat the written-examination
regarding these topics in the 4th written-examination.
- Activity to assess: 3rd written-examination.
Period: first topics of the second four-month period.
Scoring: 15%
Observations: The tested topics are again included in the 4rd written-examination.
- Activity to assess: 4th written-examination.
Period: Second four-month period.
Scoring: 20%
Observations: Topics included in the second four-month period. It is compulsory to obtain a minimum grade of 3.5 out of
10 to prove the acquisition of the competencies that should be obtained in the proof that corresponds:
Students that have 3.5 (or more) out of 10 should be examined only in the topics taught in the second four-month
period. They also have the option of making the exam of the whole course to improve the mark obtained in the 2nd test.
Students that have not obtained 3.5 out of 10 in the 2nd test, should have to make an exam that corresponds to the
whole course. In this exam, it is necessary to obtain 3.5 out of 10 in each part of the exam related to each four-month
period. In case that these minimum criteria are not achieved, the student will be conducted to the test of the extraordinary
- Activity to assess: Laboratory practices
Period: During the whole course.
Scoring: 10%
Observations: They are compulsory (2).
(1) To pass the course via the continuous evaluation, in addition to the requirement to obtain a minimum score of 3.5 out
of 10 on the 2nd and 4th control, the student has to sit all the written-tests.
(2) Laboratory practices are mandatory, which means that to pass the course is a prerequisite to perform all laboratory
practices, deliver all reports (for more information, see eGela). Those who do not pass the lab-practices will have to sit a
specific exam about lab-topics in the extraordinary call to accredit the competencies.
(3) Students who do not obtain a minimum of 10 out of 25 on tasks will have a test that may accredit competency in the
extraordinary call.
II) Assessment system: Final exam
The student who wants to renounce to the ordinary call and sit the final exam must inform the teacher filling and sending a

The date and hour of the final exam will be the same as those of the 4th written examination.
The exam will consist of:
65% of the scoring: Individual written examination (minimum 3.5 out of 10 on the contents of each four-month period)
25% of the scoring: examination of tasks (minimum: 10 out of 25)
The scoring of the lab obtained all along the academic year will be maintained.
In case that the student does not sit the exam the calification will be 'Not presented'



The scoring is divided into:
10% Mark of laboratory practices. (Minimum: 5 out of 10)
25% Mark of tasks. (Minimum: 10 out of 25)
65% Individual written examination. (Minimum 3.5 out of 10 on the contents of each four-month period)
In the rest the tests corresponding to the parts that have not achieved the minimum are made. To renounce to this call it is
enough not to take the exam.



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Basic bibliography

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