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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Physics Laboratory 1 (Science Education)
Module Code PS159
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paul Van Kampen
Semester 2: Paul Van Kampen
Autumn: Paul Van Kampen
Module TeachersPaul Van Kampen
Cezar Gaman
Jens Ducree
Jim Conway
Miles Turner
Timo Gans
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
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Introductory physics experiments for pre-service physics teachers that foster learning by inquiry, develop general scientific and investigative skills, and address common misconceptions in physics.

Learning Outcomes

1. Carry out physics experiments safely
2. Demonstrate conceptual understanding of mechanics, with an emphasis on statics, kinematics, electric circuits, and optics
3. Construct and interpret graphs and tables.
4. Carry out basic investigations in physics independently.
5. Report on carrying out and findings from physics investigations
6. State and test hypotheses
7. Reflect on own learning

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory72Guide inquiry investigations
Independent Study53Preparation and reflection on laboratory activities
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

Introductory physics investigations that develop general scientific and inquiry skills
Weekly physics laboratories

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Practical/skills evaluationGuided inquiry activities to evaluate lab skills and conceptual understanding from semester one laboratory activities50%As required
Practical/skills evaluationGuided inquiry activities to evaluate lab skills and conceptual understanding from semester two laboratory activities50%As required
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

  • Hugh D. Young and Roger A. Freedman: 2016, University Physics with Modern Physics, 14th Edition, Pearson,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
SEBSc Science Education

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