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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title STEM Education Project 1 (CS&PS)
Module Code FSH351
School Faculty of Science
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Eilish McLoughlin
Semester 2: Eilish McLoughlin
Autumn: Eilish McLoughlin
Module TeachersPaul Van Kampen
Eabhnat Ni Fhloinn
Gillian McMahon
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
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This module aims to introduce students to the main criteria in selecting and carrying out a project linking science with education; to select a scientific topic/area of interest and to investigate it fully; and to develop the students' understanding and awareness of research tools

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop suitable investigative questions that can be tackled e.g. in the classroom laboratory
2. Carry out appropriate background reading in the literature to inform a research question or to identify student difficulties
3. Develop and implement laboratory experiments to address a research question
4. Examine experimental results critically to draw conclusions and inform further work
5. Present the project both orally and in written formats in a cohesive manner

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory36Experimental work and related activities
Independent Study89No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Students are encouraged to develop an appropriate research question based on a chemistry/physics topic of interest; carry out a brief background research literature review; devise, plan and carry out appropriate experimental work; critically review results that inform further work; present the project in suitable formats

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Performance evaluationSupervisor's mark on the project including issues such as quality and quantity of work carried out, punctuality, suitability, level of independence30%n/a
Report(s)Detailing the essential scientific, practical and educational aspects and outcomes of the project30%Once per semester
PresentationSummarizing and answering questions on the essential scientific, practical and educational aspects and outcomes of the project.40%Once per semester
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

  • 0: Essential:The Chemistry & Physics Laboratory Manuals.Supplementary:Lecture Course material.Chemistry & Physics Leaving Certificate Syllabus Department of Education and Science.,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
SEBSc Science Education

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