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Science Education BSc(Ed)

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Course Code: CK402, CK404, CK406 and CK408

Course Title: Science Education

College: Science, Engineering and Food Science

Science Education

Duration: 4 years

Teaching Mode: Full-time

Lectures, laboratory practical work, school placement

Qualifications: BSc(Ed)

NFQ Level: Level 8

Costs: Full-time EU/EEA/Swiss State undergraduate students may be exempt from paying tuition fees. The State will pay the tuition fees for students who satisfy the Free Fees Criteria. In 2017/18 the Student Contribution Charge will be €3,000 and the Capitation Fee is expected to be €165.

Entry Requirements: Refer to online prospectus entries for CK402, CK404, CK406 and CK408

Overview

This degree enables you to become a fully qualified science teacher in four years.  Training takes place in UCC's state-of-the-art Eureka Centre for Inquiry Based Education in Science and Mathematics.

In Year 1 students undertake a common first-year science course with other science students, allowing time to settle in to UCC and think about a career in science teaching.

At the beginning of Year 2, you register for the BSc(Ed) and choose to specialise in either the biology or chemistry or the physics stream. You will obtain an introduction to science teaching and science education and spend some time on Teaching Placement at a local secondary school, as well as studying second-year science modules.

Year 3 is made up of another module in science education and Teaching Placement in a local secondary school as well as third-year science modules. In Year 4, all modules are education modules, with increased time spent on Teaching Placement and also time spent at lectures and laboratory practical sessions at UCC.

Course Details

On completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • recognise and apply the basic principles of classroom management and discipline
  • identify the key characteristics of excellent teaching in science
  • develop comprehensive portfolios of lesson plans relevant to the science curricula in schools.

Year 1 Modules:

Refer to Biological and Chemical Sciences (CK402)

Refer to Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (CK404)

Refer to Chemical Sciences (CK406)

Refer to Physics and Astrophysics (CK408)

 

Year 2 Modules:

Route 1 Chemistry:

Main Group and Transition Element Chemistry; Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry; Energetics and Kinetics; Aromatics, Carbonyls and Alkenes; Spectroscopy; Structure, Bonding and Quantum Mechanics

Education: Science Education; Teaching Practice Placement

 

Route 2 Physics:

Classical Mechanics; Quantum Physics; Electrostatics and Magnetostatics; Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics; Astrophysics and Special Relativity; Experimental Physics

Education: Science Education; Teaching Practice Placement

 

Route 3 Biology:

Habitats and Ecosystems; Biomolecules; Fundamentals of Microbiology; Principles of Microbiology; Molecular Biology; Physics for the Environmental Sciences* or Plant Biotechnology*

Education: Science Education; Teaching Practice Placement

*Students who enter through CK404 take Physics for the Environmental Sciences.  Students who enter through CK402 choose Plant Biotechnology

 

Year 3 Modules:

Route 1 Chemistry:

Physical Chemistry I & II; Inorganic Chemistry; Synthesis, Structure and Reactivity of Organic Compounds

Education: Science Education; Teaching Practice Placement

 

Route 2 Physics:

Optics; Quantum Mechanics; Electromagnetism; Condensed Matter Physics; Nuclear and Particle Physics; Experimental Physics

Education: Science Education; Teaching Practice Placement

 

Route 3 Biology:

Conservation Biology; Medical Microbiology; Environmental Microbial Genomics; Plants and Hostile Environments; Plant and Animal Genetics; Adaptions to Extreme Environments

Education: Science Education; Teaching Practice Placement

 

Year 4 Modules:

Science Education; Teaching Practice Placement Science Education; Conceptual Foundations in School Placement Research Portfolio A; Conceptual Foundations in the Philosophy and History of Education; Conceptual Foundations in the Psychology and Sociology of Education; Conceptual Foundations in Curriculum and Assessment; Conceptual Foundations in Inclusive Education; Conceptual Foundations in School Placement Research Portfolio B

 

See the College Calendar for additional information on the Programme and the Book of Modules for further information on modules.

Detailed Entry Requirements

Refer to CK402, CK404CK406 and CK408

Garda Clearance
All student on this programme will come into contact with the public and assume positions of trust through educational and training opportunities. To ensure the protection of the public, and to justify public trust and confidence, UCC is committed to ensuring only suitable candidates are allowed to undertake this programme.

Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on the programme. It involves a police check to establish whether the individual being vetted has had criminal convictions in the past or whether there are any criminal proceedings pending. The Garda Síochána provide this information for students who have resided in Ireland for a period of six months or more (including permanent residence).

All students who have resided outside Ireland for a period of six months or more must furnish a Police Clearance Certificate from their country or countries or residence. This certificate should state that the student has no convictions recorded against them while residing there.

Fitness to Practise
Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – full details may be found here.

 

Course Practicalities

Lectures/lab work/placement
Year 1: mixture of lectures and laboratory practical sessions.

Years 2, 3 and 4: mixture of lectures, laboratory practical sessions and teaching placement in local secondary schools. Since the term is short (two semesters each of 12 weeks duration) you will be kept busy, so be prepared to work hard.

Your workload will consist of studying lecture notes, writing up practical laboratory notes and preparing lesson plans for the lessons that you teach in school.

In years 2 and 3 you fit in your teaching placement around your normal lectures in UCC.

Other practicalities
You will need to buy a white laboratory coat for lab work.

Commencing with the 2013/2014 intake, this programme will be subject to UCC's Fitness to Practise Policy – full details may be found here

Garda vetting is carried out by the Admissions Office in UCC once a student has accepted their place on this progamme.

Assessment

Written exams take place before Christmas and in May.  Not all modules will have formal examinations.  Many modules use other types of assessment.

In Year 1, the assessment methods consist mainly of written examinations and continuous assessment of laboratory practical work.

In years 2 and 3, the assessment consists of written examinations, continuous assessment of laboratory practical work and teaching practice. Your teaching practice will be supervised by a member of staff of UCC's School of Education.

In year 4, the entire year is assessed by means of continuous assessment involving project work, laboratory practical work and supervision of teaching practice.

Who Teaches This Course

Teaching is carried out by the staff of the College of SEFS and staff of the School of Education, UCC.

Further Contact Information

Dr Declan Kennedy

d.kennedy@ucc.ie 

Contact us

E: Dr Declan Kennedy

P: +353 (0)21 49 03469
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