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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Teaching & Assessing Senior Cycle Physics
Module Code PS430
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Eilish McLoughlin
Semester 2: Eilish McLoughlin
Autumn: Eilish McLoughlin
Module TeachersEilish McLoughlin
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The module uses a learner-centered approach which acknowledges the variety of learning preferences in the classroom. The module will be interactive and discursive, incorporating opportunities for learning by doing and through engagement with fellow students. Learners are expected to participate in a range of activities (both individual and collaborative) designed to prompt reflection and discussion on the principles and practices of teaching. Opportunities for small- and large-group discussion are incorporated into the design of the module and learners will receive ongoing feedback from both their peers and the module teaching team.

Learning Outcomes

1. Design teaching, learning and assessment activities that address the learning outcomes of the leaving certificate physics curriculum
2. Deliver physics lessons to showcase your content knowledge for teaching physics that incorporates experimental investigations and digital technologies
3. Reflect on the learning experience as a student and as a teacher
4. Carry out experimental investigations in physics
5. Evaluate their own practice with a view to enhancing teaching and learning

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Workshop36Laboratory based workshops in physics education
Independent Study89Research, design and preparation of teaching, learning and assessment materials
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

Understanding and content knowledge in Physics in topics idenitified in the Leaving Certificate curriculum

Confidence in facilitating mandatory experiments in the classroom

Knowledge and implementation of appropriate methodological approaches

Identification and development of the appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to assess student progress in physics

Critical evaluation of impact on student learning

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentLaboratory Report50%Once per semester
AssignmentLesson Plan50%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 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Department of Education and Skills: 0, Essential: Leaving Certificate Physics Syllabus, https://www.curriculumonline.ie/getmedia/a789272e-823f-4d40-b095-4ff8f6f195e4/SCSEC27_Physics_syllabus_eng.pdf,
  • State Examinations Commission: 0, Formulae and Tables, http://www.thephysicsteacher.ie/Formulae%20and%20Tables%20Book.pdf,
Other Resources

55295, Website, State Examinations Commission, 0, Leaving Certificate Physics Examination papers, www.examinations.ie/, 55296, Website, Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), 0, Physics teaching resources, http://www.pdst.ie/sc/physics/cresources,
Please update that this module has change to 100% Continuous Assessment in 2020/21.
Programme or List of Programmes
SEBSc Science Education

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