Murdoch University Research Repository

Welcome to the Murdoch University Research Repository

The Murdoch University Research Repository is an open access digital collection of research
created by Murdoch University staff, researchers and postgraduate students.

Learn more

Implementing a focus on “diagrams for understanding” in a first year physics unit

Creagh, C. (2008) Implementing a focus on “diagrams for understanding” in a first year physics unit. In: Proceedings of the Australian Institute of Physics, 18th National Congress, 30 November - 5 December, Adelaide, SA, Australia.

PDF - Published Version
Download (222kB)
PDF (Presentation)
Download (1MB)


In 2005 the student cohort of a first year physics unit, Principles of Physics, changed from students doing physics majors to students who were mostly doing non-physics majors. The majority of the new cohort did not have an extensive physics background and this prompted the author to consider the importance of well-constructed diagrams as an effective tool for facilitating student understanding. Construction of diagrams was modelled in lectures, discussed in tutorials and 20% of the assignment marks were allocated to diagrams. Various technologies were trialled in lectures to allow real-time modelling of diagram construction, the best to date being a Tablet PC with Microsoft OneNote software. This paper provides the reason for choosing diagrams to facilitate learning and describes how the diagrams were incorporated into learning activities. It is a preliminary paper which sets the scene
for further research and therefore does not offer any detailed evaluation of the results of these actions.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
Publisher: Australian Institute of Physics
Notes: Poster presentation
Item Control Page Item Control Page


Downloads per month over past year