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Master’s in Teaching Natural Science – THEMATIC UNITS

HOU > Master’s in Teaching Natural Science (KFE) > Master’s in Teaching Natural Science – THEMATIC UNITS

KFE51: Motion, Constitution and Fundamental Interactions of Matter

Module code: KFE51

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Compulsory

Year: 1st

Language: Greek

Module Outline

Module General Description: The objective of the module it to educate students in the Theory of Classical and Modern Physics

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, students will be able to,

  • Describe the laws of motion and the conservation laws of Newtonian Mechanics, the Lorentz transformations of special relativity, the harmonic oscillator in the presence of friction and driving forces, the Fermat principle and the applications of geometrical optics, the laws of Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics, the physics of waves and the propagation of electromagnetic waves, the interference and diffraction phenomena, the laws of electrostatics and magnetostatics, the radiation from an accelerated charge and the basic principles of quantum mechanics.
  • Apply the laws of classical mechanics and evaluate the planetary motion, solve the equations of motion using numerical methods, explain the relativistic phenomena of radiation, the Doppler effect and the aberration of light, calculate the dipole radiation pattern and the refractive index of low density and dense materials, examine the absorption and the scattering of light, demonstrate the operation of thermal machines, the black body radiation and the transmission of acoustic waves. Explain the electric field effects in the atmosphere, the operating principle of electron microscopes and electric motors, the plasma oscillations, the Bohm-Aharonov effect, the bremsstrahlung and the synchrotron radiation.
  • Examine complicated phenomena using the basic laws of physics, compare modern physics with classical physics analogues, the Fermat’s principle with the principle of least action and quantum electrodynamics, and demonstrate the limits of the classical approach to microcosm as well as the use of the thought experiments in physics.

Subjects covered:

  • Modern Perceptions of Classical Physics: Review of Classical Physics through the lens of the Modern perception of Nature (Laws of Conservation, Symmetries, Statistical Descriptions of Nature, Electromagnetism, Fields, Waves and Light, Relativity)
  • Quantum Description of the Cosmos: Review of Basic Quantum Physics, Applications of Quantum Physics, Applications of Quantum Physics to Solids, Atoms, and Nuclei.
  • Elementary Particles and Cosmology

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite courses.

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit six (6) written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the six (6) written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of written assignments is activated only with a score equal to or above the pass level (≥5) in the final or resit exams.

The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

Students have the right to participate in the final/resit exams if (a) at least 50% of the potentially excellent grade has been obtained when adding the total of the six (6) assignments and (b) at least four (4) of the six (6) written assignments have been submitted.

KFE60: Physical Sciences: History, Epistemology And Didactical Methodology

Module code: KFE60

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Compulsory

Year: 1st

Language: Greek

Module Outline

Module General Description:

History of Science

  • The History of Ideas about Motion. Aristotle and his commentators. Elements from the History of Astronomy: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler. The Scientific Revolution. The Physics of Galileo. Descartes. Newtonian Dynamics.

Philosophy of Science

  • The philosophy of logical Empiricism. The Contribution of Karl Popper. Explanation. Confirmation. Reduction. The introduction of the historical dimension in the Philosophy of Science. Kuhn and the incommensurability thesis. The epistemological Pluralism of Paul Feyerabend. Lakatos and the Methodology of Scientific Research Programs.

Selection from the Didactics of Science

  • The importance of Students’ misconceptions. The epistemological obstacle. Professional scientific and School knowledge. Cognitive conflict. Vygotsky’s Learning Theories. Inquiry Learning and Inquiry Based Science Education. The STS approach in science teaching. The contribution of History and Philosophy of Science in Science Teaching. The Principles of STEM Education.

Learning Outcomes: The Learning outcomes of this module focus in providing the necessary knowledge and skills to pre-service and in-service secondary science teachers in order to support their professional development.

HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE-LEARNING OUTCOMES

After the completion of this Unit, students should be able to:

  • Understand key periods in the history of science, changes in the character of science over time as related to general cultural, economic and intellectual change
  • Understand modern trends and key research questions in the fields of History and Philosophy of Science
  • Acquire the capacity to analyze and think critically about the broad cultural, political and social contexts shaping scientific change
  • Acquire the skills to communicate effectively on issues of science in historical context
  • Acquire the capacity to apply the historiographical skills acquired to new historical materials and fields
  • Understand problems connected with the nature of scientific knowledge and the capacity to distinguish it from other forms of knowledge
  • Understand problems associated with defining the Nature of Science

DIDACTICS OF SCIENCE– LEARNING OUTCOMES

After the completion of this Unit, students should be able to:

  • Describe, compare, and contrast major trends in science education research.
  • Describe, compare, and contrast major trends in science curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Evaluate major developments in instructional strategies and the implications of recent learning theories on science instruction.
  • Describe developments in the organization of printed and digital science education materials with a special emphasis on science textbooks
  • Describe and evaluate recent developments in the evaluation of student performance in science

And finally:

  • To acquire skills of designing learning sequences, modules and activities as well as of producing the relevant educational material.

Subjects covered:

  • History of Natural Sciences
  • Philosophy of Natural Sciences
  • Selection from the Didactics of Natural Sciences

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite courses.

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit six (6) written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the six (6) written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of written assignments is activated only with a score equal to or above the pass level (≥5) in the final or resit exams.

The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

Students have the right to participate in the final/resit exams if (a) at least 50% of the potentially excellent grade has been obtained when adding the total of the six (6) assignments and (b) at least four (4) of the six (6) written assignments have been submitted.

KFE52: Organization and Interactions at the Molecular Level

Module code: KFE52

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Optional

Year: 1st / 2nd

Language: Greek

Module Outline

Module General Description: The Module aims to educate students on issues related to the structure and organization of matter at the molecular level

Learning Outcomes: KFE52 focuses on providing specialized knowledge to teachers of the Natural Sciences in the field of “Organization and Interactions at the Molecular Level”, according to the modern requirements of the science of Chemistry, to bolster their teaching work. The learning outcomes of KFE52 focus on providing actual teaching results for students of various different backgrounds (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc.) who are studying remotely.

Upon successful completion of KFE52, students will have:

  • Gained knowledge of General and Inorganic Chemistry in light of the modern understanding of the structural composition of Matter,
  • Obtained a Physical-Chemical overview of Matter by developing modern methodology for the characterization of matter, and
  • Been introduced to the Structure, properties, and classification of Carbon Compounds.

Knowledge and Comprehension

By successfully completing KFE52, students will have learned and understood:

  • The basic concepts, principles, and applications of Chemistry at the molecular level,
  • The terms, conventions, and units of measurement of the corresponding physical quantities,
  • The language and mathematical techniques used in Physical Chemistry and General Chemistry,
  • The appropriate methods for acquiring, interpreting, and analyzing scientific data and information in Chemistry,
  • The contribution of the natural sciences to an informed discussion of physico-chemical phenomena and processes, and some of the limits of current scientific knowledge.

Cognitive Skills

By successfully completing KFE52, students will be able to:

  • Utilize and apply their knowledge to understand the information, concepts, principles, and theories connected with particular aspects of the field of Chemistry, such as the properties of elementary particles that comprise matter, the electronic structure of atoms, design the electronic structure of atoms and/or ions, Interpret the formation of bonds between atoms through Lewis, VSPER, valence bond, and molecular orbital theories and compare their approaches, comprehend inclusion compounds and interpret their formation and color, Understand the translational, rotational, and vibrational motion of molecules and their spectroscopic applications, construct kinetic equations and complete them, Know the techniques of kinetic study of chemical reactions, comprehend the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics and their applications.
  • Apply their scientific knowledge to solve both familiar and unknown problems. Plan and conduct scientific research,
  • Utilize the language of mathematics and calculational techniques, applying mathematical and chemical models to understand physico-chemical phenomena and solve the relevant problems,
  • Work with scientific data and information, as well as discuss particular aspects of current research in Chemistry,
  • Evaluate information from different sources and make sound decisions, taking into account scientific theories and concepts.

Subjects covered:

  • Review of General and Inorganic Chemistry in the prism of the modern understanding of the structural constitution of matter.
  • Physicochemical view of Matter with development of modern methodology for the characterisation of Matter.
  • Introduction to the structure, properties, and characterization of carbon compounds.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite courses.

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit six (6) written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the six (6) written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of written assignments is activated only with a score equal to or above the pass level (≥5) in the final or resit exams.

The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade. Students have the right to participate in the final/resit exams if (a) at least 50% of the potentially excellent grade has been obtained when adding the total of the six (6) assignments and (b) at least four (4) of the six (6) written assignments have been submitted.

KFE53: Matter Organization In Living Systems

Module code: KFE53

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Optional

Year: 1st / 2nd

Language: Greek

Module Outline

Module General Description: The objective of thematic unit KFE53 is to provide master’s-level education for teachers in secondary education on the basic scientific approaches to the Life Sciences, as they stand today. Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of KFE53, students will have developed the following skills:

  • Comprehensive understanding of the basic and applied scientific directions of the Life Sciences, such as Basic and Clinical Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Physiology.
  • Comprehend, research, and demonstrate through the teaching process, the scientific substance of the classical and modern discoveries of the Life Sciences, in addition to the role they have played in preventing and providing solutions for modern biological problems.
  • Possess the necessary skills and scientific competence to research reliable literature and use both established and novel experimental procedures to demonstrate the scientific truth of biological facts.
  • Possess the scientific training to plan and implement higher-level educational activities in topics related to biology and health in a secondary-education environment, the wider educational community, and the local community.

Subjects covered:

  • Basic Concepts of Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology.
  • Flow of genetic information, Molecular Mechanisms of control of gene expression.
  • Genetic engineering – Transgenic systems. Aspects of the fundamental techniques of Molecular Biology.
  • Cellular communication, Physiology of intercellular and intracellular communication.
  • Cell cycle, Mechanisms controlling cell growth and division.

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite courses.

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit six (6) written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the six (6) written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of written assignments is activated only with a score equal to or above the pass level (≥5) in the final or resit exams.

The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade. Students have the right to participate in the final/resit exams if (a) at least 50% of the potentially excellent grade has been obtained when adding the total of the six (6) assignments and (b) at least four (4) of the six (6) written assignments have been submitted.

KFE61: Topics in Modern Physics

Module code: KFE61

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Optional

Year: 2nd

Language: Greek

Module Outline

Module General Description: The objective of the module it to introduce the students in Modern Physics topics.

Learning outcomes: Upon successful completion of KFE61, students will:

  • Understand the basic principles of quantum mechanics, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, the wave nature of matter, particle-wave duality, the concept of spin, the stability of matter, the hydrogen atom, and the harmonic oscillator.
  • Be able to solve Schrodinger’s equation for simple one-dimensional dynamics, such as particle motion in quadratic potentials and the tunnel effect.
  • Learn the spectrum of elementary particles, their fundamental interactions, and the Feynman diagrams to represent them.
  • Understand the dynamics of the universe by solving Friedmann equations
  • Comprehend in simple terms the geometry and physics of black holes.

Subjects covered:

  • Modern Advances in Particle Physics and the theory of Cosmos
  • Modern Advances in Materials Science
  • Experimental Methods & Technology

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite courses.

Evaluation: Students are assigned to submit six (6) written assignments during the academic year. The average grade of the six (6) written assignments, weighted at 30%, is taken into consideration for the calculation of the final grade. The grade of written assignments is activated only with a score equal to or above the pass level (≥5) in the final or resit exams.

The grade of the final or the resit exams shall be weighted at 70 % for the calculation of the final grade.

Students have the right to participate in the final/resit exams if (a) at least 50% of the potentially excellent grade has been obtained when adding the total of the six (6) assignments and (b) at least four (4) of the six (6) written assignments have been submitted.

KFE62: Educational Technology Applications Laboratory

Module code: KFE62

ECTS Credit Points: 20

Module Type: Optional

Year: 2nd

Language: Greek

Module Outline

Module General Description: The objective of the module KFE62 is to teach the students of the program to the use of modern technologies that support theoretical and laboratory education. Specifically, KFE62 aims at the practical training in IT and communication technologies for the development of educational material and applications related to the natural sciences as well as in the use of remote access laboratory experiments to support the educational process. Using the infrastructure (hardware and software) of the Physics Laboratory of HOU, the students are trained in the development of multimedia content web pages, in computer simulation, in video and entertaining educational material development, as well as in the design and use of modern detection devices that can be used for student educational activities.

Learning outcomes: By the end of this course, students will be able to,

  • develop websites with multimedia content that support the educational process in natural sciences
  • develop simulation applications for simple physical systems
  • develop modern visual material (animations, videos, customized graphs) using spreadsheets and presentation applications
  • develop and manage distance learning educational platforms
  • evaluate virtual experiments and simulations with educational content related to natural sciences
  • conduct modern remote operated experiments to educate students.

Subjects covered:

  • Educational Technology
  • Experimental Methodology

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisite courses.

Evaluation: Elaboration of written assignments during the academic year, as well as development of educational applications. The average of the grades is the final grade of the module.

KFEDE: Master’s Diploma Thesis

Module code: KFEDE

ECTS Credit Points: 40

Module Type: Compulsory

Year: 2nd

Language: Greek

Module Outline

General Description: The general categories of subjects for Master Diploma Thesis are determined by the Director of the Program after consulting the Coordinators of the thematic units and then they are posted on the HOU website. Special subjects that are linked to the thematic areas of the Thematic Units of the PGP KFE can also be proposed by the students after consulting the tutors of these modules.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • apply the knowledge acquired during their studies
  • seek, collect, verify, process critically-synthetically and effectively information in the fields of natural sciences
  • emphasize the role of the experiment to confirm or reject theoretical models in Natural Sciences
  • develop their research skills and critical thinking on subjects related to Natural Sciences
  • highlight the technological developments in natural sciences as well as the general cultural, political and social context in which they have been shaped
  • use online/digital tools/media effectively and creatively to write/edit/distribute their texts
  • use computing tools to process and present their results
  • design learning sequences, modules and activities as well as of producing the relevant educational material
  • use of recent instructional strategies and learning theories on science instruction
  • plan and carry out educational and/or outreach activities in the school community and society

General Regulation for Preparing Graduate Dissertations in PC with an annual Module Correspondence

For more information regarding the Specifications – Useful Material for writing Master’s Theses and uploading a Thesis at the H.O.U. Repository, you can go to the Digital Training Area http://study.eap.gr and especially to the Program of Studies section.

Prerequisites: The presentation of the Master’s Diploma Thesis takes place after the successful completion of the program’s Course Modules.

 

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