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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Electronics for Science Teachers
Module Code PS322
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
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Students will engage with teaching and learning of electronics and electric circuits through inquiry. They will learn about these topics themselves and learn about how this kind of learning can be used in the secondary classroom while incorporating different assessment strategies

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop teaching and assessment strategies to help second level students learn about electronics
2. Describe the behaviour of electric circuits qualitatively and quantitatively
3. Integrate assessment into teaching and learning
4. Research societal issues related to electronics

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory36No Description
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

Fundamental concepts
Current, voltage, resistance, electrical energy, power

Resistors, capacitors, inductors, light bulbs, diodes, LEDs, transistors, LDRs, batteries, power supplies

Electronics in society
Uses of electronics. Ethical and societal issues.

Presenting data to different audiences
Reports, posters, webcasts, folders, articles, etc.

Designing assessment of product and process

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentStudents carry out a small number of investigations related to electronics and electric circuits including the role of electronics in society.100%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

  • Brian Lawless: 1997, Fundamental Analog Electronics, Prentice Hall, 0-13-534298-8
  • Douglas C. Giancoli: 2014, Physics, Addison-Wesley, 0321625927
Other Resources

50678, Website, NCCA, 2022, Senior Cycle Physics, https://ncca.ie/en/senior-cycle/curriculum-developments/physics/,
Programme or List of Programmes
SEBSc Science Education
Date of Last Revision04-SEP-08

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