Course Title: Physics Method A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Physics Method A

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

CUED1144

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

CUED1207

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Dr Tasos Barkatsas

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7423

Course Coordinator Email: tasos.barkatsas@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.06


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Sub-major study in Physics (including electronics).


Course Description

Course Description
This is a methods course that focuses on preparing students to teach Physics in secondary schools. Both the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching/learning Physics will be addressed. Students will be introduced to a variety of ideas, techniques and skills that will enable them to evaluate the effectiveness of different teaching/learning strategies. This course will focus on the planning of classroom and curriculum materials.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:

• Plan and implement Physics Based Curriculum
• Critically reflect on their professional practice.
• Effectively communicate Physics concepts.
• Use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage and extend students’ learning in Physics.
• Effectively assess the effectiveness of their teaching.
• Effectively assess and report on students’ learning in Physics.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers know how students learn and how to teach them effectively.
• Teachers know the content they teach.
• Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.
• Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments.
• Teachers use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage students in effective learning.
• Teachers reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional knowledge and practice.
• Teachers are active members of their profession.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

• Design meaningful classroom VCE Physics units
• Effectively communicate Physics concepts.
• Use a range of teaching and learning strategies that engage and extend students’ learning in Physics.
• Understand and implement a range of assessment practices incorporating, for, as and of assessment
• Critically reflect on their professional practice.
• Assess the effectiveness of their teaching.
• Develop a sound understanding of the processes, resources and contacts relevant to teaching and learning in senior school Physics.
• Apply practical teaching skills for VCE Physics
• Select and use a range of support resources for teaching Physics.


ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Understandings of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the classroom.
• Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the classroom.
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.

Learning Objectives
This course is designed to assist students to:
• Plan and implement Physics based curriculum.
• Effectively communicate Physics concepts to learners in an engaging and meaningful way.
• Develop an awareness of teaching resources available to assist their teaching practice.
• Develop a wide variety of teaching skills to facilitate effective student engagement and learning in Physics.
• Critically reflect on their practice.
• Use curriculum documents and relevant resources to design a course of study and plan classroom activities and materials in Physics.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops, on-line discussions, curriculum design and readings in order to support the development of the learning outcomes of this course.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources will be available at the commencement of the course and through myRMIT Studies.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, written, oral or performance based assessment).