Foundation Level Physics - OUfc005




In line with its philosophy to democratise access to university education, the Open University of Mauritius offers Foundation Courses. These courses aim at better preparing learners for higher education while allowing them to meet the minimum requirements to undertake undergraduate studies. They have been carefully developed by a team of experts to ensure smooth transition to university. They also motivate learners and give them a greater chance of succeeding. They play a pivotal role in helping learners to revisit lost skills, while giving them the necessary confidence and preparatory experience they need for success at university. However, they are not intended to replace secondary school courses. On successfully completing four foundation courses (8 modules) including English through Open Distance Learning (ODL), they can join degree programmes. 
The ODL mode of delivery enables convenient self-study within a flexible framework. This mode of delivery allows learners to learn at their own pace, in their own place and time without disrupting their social, professional and domestic commitments hence, allowing them to earn while learning. 


The foundation course on Physics adopts a three-pronged approach to facilitate learning and develop a liking for Physics. It enables the learner to have a good grounding, build concepts and visualise their applications in day-to-day real life situations. Units pertaining to our physical world have been addressed. These include the following: 
  • Measurement techniques - important in calculations and experiments. Minor errors can result in major catastrophes. Therefore, accuracy is crucial e.g. in sending a space craft to the other planets such as Mars. We know there have been major accidents in space.
  • Mechanics – motion based on Newton’s Laws.
  • Matter - different states of matter, their inter conversions to understand melting, evaporation and boiling etc.
  • Heat – principles of thermometry. The meteorological services rely on temperatures amongst others for weather forecast. How to record temperatures will be demonstrated.
  • Waves – general properties and their graphical representations.
  • Electricity - you press a switch and electricity flows, how does this happen.
  • Electro-magnetism – its use in the manufacturing of lifting equipment. Magnetic fields are now made use of on the football pitch to decide whether a goal can be allowed or not because of numerous human errors while refereeing. 
  • Nuclear Physics – made use of in medicine to diagnose malignant disorders e.g. the use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Scans, Echography. 

Course Requirements:

  • SC/GCE O-level with 3 credits + 1 A-level (Applicants should be less than 25 years of age)
  • Mature candidates will be considered on their own merit.