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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Physics Laboratory 2
Module Code PS250
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paul Van Kampen
Semester 2: Paul Van Kampen
Autumn: Paul Van Kampen
Module TeacherNo Teacher Assigned
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

To provide you with a wide range of practical skills and competencies to carry out in physics experiments appropriate to the junior and senior cycle physics curricula, and enhance your ability and familiarity with related equipment and techniques. To complement and reinforce the theory covered in lecture modules, and in so doing, demonstrating the important synergy of classroom and laboratory teaching in science education. To provide training in the following areas: good laboratory practice. keeping a laboratory notebook. data analysis and presentation. technical report writing. appropriate aspects of laboratory safety. To enhance your practical skills in performing experiments with a focus on intermediate level physics concepts

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of a wide range physics experiments appropriate to the junior and senior cycle physics curricula
2. Apply inquiry methods to teaching physics as a laboratory subject at Junior Cycle level
3. Reflect on the learning of physics through inquiry laboratories
4. Apply appropriate safe laboratory practices
5. Identify connections between experiment and theory for key intermediate level physics concepts
6. Plot and analyse graphs both manually and computer-aided
7. Identify sources of error in an experiment and estimate the associated uncertainty in a measured quantity
8. Produce a written report on experimental work with appropriate reference to theory and discussion
9. Analyse and interpret scientific data
10. Reflect on own learning

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory36Semester 1 Physics Labs You will carry out laboratories on intermediate level physics topics
Laboratory36Semester 2 Physics Labs You will carry out laboratories designed specifically for use with pre-service physics teachers.
Independent Study53Preparation and reflection on laboratory investigations
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

Semester 1 Physics Labs
You will carry out a selection of experiments, with a strong focus on experiments at intermediate level physics.

Semester 2 Physics Labs
You will carry out laboratories designed specifically for use with physics teachers. The development of critical thinking skills, scientific modelling, pedagogical content knowledge (how to teach the material) and metacognition are firmly embedded in these laboratories. Assessment of these labs is through grading of laboratory reports and evaluation of laboratory skills. You will engage in design and implementation of your own investigation to support student learning in physics.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Laboratory PortfolioSemester One Laboratory Reports on intermediate level physics laboratories50%As required
Laboratory PortfolioSemester Two Laboratory Portfolio including reports and reflections on physics experiments50%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

    Other Resources

    58519, Manual, 0, DCU 2nd Year Physics Laboratory Manual, 58520, Website, Department of Education and Skills, 0, Junior Cycle Science - Curriculum Specification, http://curriculumonline.ie/Junior-cycle/Junior-Cycle-Subjects/Science, 58521, Website, Department of Education and Skills, 0, Junior Cycle Science Guidelines for the Classroom-Based Assessments and Assessment Tasks, https://www.curriculumonline.ie/getmedia/19b09ccd-6a02-495e-b7a0-cd7276e5dd5b/Assessment_Guidelines_Science.pdf, 58522, Website, Department of Education and Skills, 0, Leaving Certificate Physics Syllabus, https://www.curriculumonline.ie/getmedia/a789272e-823f-4d40-b095-4ff8f6f195e4/SCSEC27_Physics_syllabus_eng.pdf,
    Programme or List of Programmes
    SEBSc Science Education

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