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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Fundamental Science - Physics Concepts 1
Module Code PS501
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 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

Teaching and Learning of mechanics for in-service science teachers

Learning Outcomes

1. Apply the concepts of mechanics to unseen qualitative and quantitative questions
2. Use guided inquiry in teaching mechanics at Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate level
3. To identify and solve conceptual problems students frequently encounter, especially in the area of mechanics
4. Reflect on their learning of mechanics

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Tutorial24Often with short introductory lecture
Assignment Completion24Practice of skills acquired in tutorial
Assignment Completion24Essay
Lecture30No Description
Independent Study23No 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

Area and volume, ratio reasoning, graphical and arithmetical reasoning, scaling, interpretation of algebraic statements, language issues

location and instances versus space and time intervals, average an instantaneous velocity, acceleration, graphical interpretation, kinestetics

operational definitions of Newton's Laws, gravitational and inertial mass, free-body diagrams, friction

Mechanics topics
Forces, Hooke's Law, pressure, density, equilibrium

Momentum and energy
heat and temperature, impulse and momentum, work and kinetic energy, conservation of energy and momentum

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Essayn/a20%Week 9
In Class Testn/a30%Week 8
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

  • Arons: 0, Teaching Introductory Physics,
  • Young & Freedman: 0, University Physics,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
GCSEDGCert in Science Education
GDSEDGDip in Science Education
MSSEDMSc in Science Education
Date of Last Revision14-OCT-03

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