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Physics for Teaching Secondary (7-10) (PEN540)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This is an introductory physics unit which covers a range of topics including measurement, motion, waves, light, thermal energy, electric and magnetic fields. This unit does not require knowledge of calculus. Applications and examples are drawn from the biological, environmental, medical and physical sciences. This content reflects the SCASA Science Curriculum for Years 7-10.
Unit Learning Outcomes ULO1 Describe the behaviour of matter and energy using the laws and models of physics
ULO2 Communicate scientific concepts in 'plain English'
ULO3 Solve problems in physics that do not require knowledge of calculus.
ULO4 Use scientific experimental methods and techniques to demonstrate, the physical relationships students are studying as part of the knowledge content of the unit
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; tutorials/laboratories: 1 x 2 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is through the use of interactive lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Students are encouraged to look at the underlying physics and how it applies to the world around them. This unit makes full use of the LMS with copies of all lecture materials, supplementary videos, demonstrations and notes available on the unit website. Students are encouraged to augment the timetabled learning activities (lectures, tutorials etc) with discussions on the unit website. The laboratory activities are designed to complement the topics and materials discussed in the lectures and unit materials. The laboratory activities also provide practical experience in laboratory procedure, data collection, data processing and critical analysis.
Assessment This unit uses a range of assessment types which align with the unit learning outcomes. Assessment types comprise of problem solving and short answer assignments. These questions will often combine different topics within the unit. (18%) Communication and investigation of scientific concepts, specifically the fundamental physics covered in this unit, are demonstrated within the laboratory component. These involve analysing data and producing well written reports. (10%) The behaviour of matter using the laws and models of physics is demonstrated with the tutorials. There are a series of short tests within the tutorials (12%) which help emphasise concepts and a student-led investigative project. (10%) A final exam (50%) is a requirement for passing the unit.
Prerequisites Enrolment in the Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Science 7-10)
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PEC/PEN152 Principles of Physics or OSCI16/PEC/PEN120 General Physics or M150 Physics 1A and M151 Physics 1B may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary Science 7-10) (GradCertEd(SecSci))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Associate Professor Zhong-Tao Jiang
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2867
e: Z.Jiang@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.041 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Associate Professor Zhong-Tao Jiang
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2867
e: Z.Jiang@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.041 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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