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COURSE OUTLINE

NAME OF PROGRAMME
ACADEMIC YEAR & TERM
NAME OF COURSE & COURSE CODE
LECTURER INFORMATION

CONSULTATION TIME

Bachelor of Education (Elementary Studies)


September, 2015 August, 2016
Term I: September 3rd, to December, 2015
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
EDUC 1050: General Science
Mr. Earl Browne B.Sc. (Honours), MBA
Telephone: 642-9858, Mobile: 482-8968, 782-4988
Email: earl.browne@roytec.edu Web Site:
www.eabrowne.weebly.com
hour before and after each class

COURSE OVERVIEW
This course provides a foundation for student-teachers to develop pedagogies that would allow students to maximize
their learning. Science is an integral part of our everyday life and developing scientific literacy would serve to foster
critical thinkers who would become productive citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. This course would allow studentteachers to engage in activities which would hone their problem-solving skills and allow them to design activities
that would encourage students interest and learning in science.
Course Description
The primary science curriculum in Trinidad and Tobago adopts a constructivist approach to science. The underlying
philosophy of constructivism is that deep understanding is achieved when science is conducted in an exploratory,
problem-solving setting. In this course students will be exposed to the primary school curriculum, which emphasizes
the need to provide students with a fundamental understanding of scientific processes. This would involve gathering
objective evidence, analyzing data, developing inferences, and drawing conclusions. This course would allow
students to explore their natural environment both individually and collaboratively as well as participate in
discussions about environmental issues affecting the Caribbean region. The course is based on the six strands of the
curriculum: living things, ecosystems, matter and materials, structure and mechanisms, energy and earth and space.
Course Objectives
By the end of the course students will be able to:
To develop curiosity and creativity both individually and collaboratively.
To explore the natural environment in order to gain a deeper understanding.
To use knowledge gained to be able to critically analyze issues affecting the Caribbean region.
To be able to make connections between theoretical concepts and its practical everyday applications.
LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course students will be able
To use their senses to develop an understanding of their environment.
To use their observational skills to develop an understanding of their environment and how it can be used
to assist students in their grasp of science concepts.
To be able to develop activities that would engage students and allow them to develop their understanding
of science.
To be able to utilize scientific processes to be able to make informed decisions about life decisions.
To be able to articulate a point of view based on data gathered.

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RESOURCE MATERIAL:
Required text: Government of Trinidad and Tobago (XXX) Primary School Syllabus- Science, Ministry of
Education Curriculum Development Division.
EVALUATION & ASSESSMENT: The course will be assessed as follows:
1.
2.
3.

A Science Portfolio equal to 80% of the overall mark


Classroom participation equal to 10% of the overall mark
A reflective journal equal to 10% of the overall mark

Group OR Individual

List of Components
Portfolio
Reflective journal
Participation
TOTAL OF ALL COMPONENTS

Group & Individual


Individual
Individual

Percent of
Total Grade
80%
10%
10%
100 %

CONVERSION OF LETTER GRADE


Letter Grade
A+
A (Excellent)
AB+
B (Good)

Percentage
Range
90-100
85-89
80-84
77-79
73-76

Grade
Point
4.3
4.0
3.7
3.3
3.0

Letter Grade
BC+
C (Satisfactory)
D (Less than Satisfactory)
F

Percentage
Range
70-72
65-69
55-64
50-54
0-49

Grade Point
2.7
2.3
2.0
1.0
0.0

ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS: Plagiarism is the unacknowledged presentation of the work of others as


ones own. To represent such work as self-created is dishonest and academically unacceptable. Plagiarized material
will not be graded and students will receive a failing grade for the following:
Quoting verbatim or almost verbatim from a source (such as copyrighted material, notes, letters, business
entries, online download /computer materials, etc.) without acknowledgment;
Adopting someone else's line of thought, argument, arrangement, or supporting evidence (such as, for example,
statistics, bibliographies, etc.) without indicating such dependence;
Submitting someone else's work, in whatever form (film, workbook, artwork, computer materials, etc.) without
acknowledgment;
Knowingly representing as one's own work any idea of another.
Preparation of Course Assignments and Assessments: The APA (American Psychological Association) style is
most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the social sciences and is the approved method for
presentation of written work in the UWI-ROYTEC/UNB B.Ed. Degree Programme. Examples for the general
format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Reference List can be obtained at
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/ or UNBs APA CHECKLIST (6th ed) (September 2009)
www.unb.ca/fredericton/nursing/_resources/pdf/undergraduate/apachecklist2011.pdf and the UNB Writing Centre,
What the APA Essay Should Look Like
www.unb.ca/fredericton/studentservices/_resources/pdfs/wss/apaappearance.pdf
Students may also refer to the text used in the course ENGL 0105 Business Communication, Kolin, Philip.
Successful Writing at Work. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 2004. Students are reminded that direct quotations, facts
and figures, as well as ideas and theories, from both published and unpublished works must be

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referenced. Referencing is a standard method of acknowledging sources of information and ideas that have been
used in assignments in a way that uniquely identifies their source. Penalties for failure to reference your work will
be applied under UWI-ROYTECs Policy on Plagiarism.
You are responsible to make yourself familiar with, Item 7. University-Wide Academic Regulations, Section VIII
Academic Offences, Sub-section A: PLAGIARISM of the Admission Requirements and University
Regulations in the UNB Undergraduate Calendar 2015 2016
www.unb.ca/academics/calendar/undergraduate/current/regulations/universitywideacademicregulations/viiiacademicoffences/inde.html see also http://www.lib.unc.ca/instruction/plagiarism.html

Additionally, you are responsible for making yourself familiar with the Student Handbook 2013-2014, Section
III. ACADEMIC OFFENCES (p. 11 - Plagiarism) which is available online at www.roytec.edu in the Student
Services section. Academic dishonesty also includes a failure on your part to keep your current and past
assignments out of the hands of other students who may misrepresent their origins. It is also recommended that you
keep a record and/or rough drafts of written or other work until you have received your final grade.
Notices and Communication: Please note that all official notices to students will be posted in the Student Services
section of the website www.roytec.edu. You are encouraged to regularly check the website and other Notice Boards
located in the classrooms and throughout the building for changes and new information to students.
Missed Test/Presentation/ Late Submissions: No make-up test or time will be given for presentations. If the
scheduled time is missed, the student will receive zero for that particular test/presentation. All papers are due on
the date assigned. Failure to complete any of the course assignments would affect your final course grade, as you
will receive zero for the particular assignment.
ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION (10%)
Attendance: Each student is expected to attend all scheduled classes (lectures, laboratory, tutorial sessions, and
make up classes). Any student whose attendance falls below 100% will forfeit marks up to the maximum
percentage, which has been allocated for Attendance and Participation.
All cases of absenteeism will be reported to the UWI-ROYTEC Board of Examiners and to the relevant Government
Ministry if GATE Funding is applicable, and also to other sponsors. You are reminded that signing the Attendance
Register for another student is an academic offence. Lecturers may mark a student absent where such student signs
the attendance register and leaves the class. In such cases, the student has the right to appeal using the UWIROYTEC Student Appeals Procedure as published in the Student Handbook and the UWI-ROYTEC Website
www.roytec.edu. Attendance alone does not count for participation credit.
Each student must attend a minimum of 50% of all scheduled lectures in order to be eligible to write the final
examination in each course.
Punctuality at lectures is absolutely essential. Students arriving late disrupt the learning environment. Therefore,
each student is expected to be present at least ten (10) minutes before the scheduled start time of each lecture,
laboratory and tutorial sessions.
Participation: The quality of your contribution will weigh more heavily than the quantity in the evaluation of
participation. Failure to attend classes on a regular basis and actively participate could affect your final grade.
Quality comments must possess one or more of the following attributes:
a) They offer a different, unique and relevant perspective on the issue;
b) They respond to the current flow of the discussion and enhance it;
c) They move the discussion and analysis forward;
d) They build on others comments; and
e) They demonstrate critical or reflective thinking.
You are expected to be well prepared for each class. For class discussions, you should be ready to:
a) clearly articulate your views/comments/criticisms based on well reasoned rationale.
b) thoughtfully evaluate the ideas of others.
ASSESSMENT INFORMATION:

EDUC 1050 GENERAL SCIENCE

The Portfolio (80%)


Full details of the Portfolio will be outlined on the first day of class. It is expected that the subject matter will
comprise work done individually and in groups. It is further expected that the assignment for this course will be
evidence of your own work and where applicable, relevant and appropriate acknowledgment will be applied to
sources other than your own work.
The purpose of this assessment is to support you in making critical, self-reflective evaluation of YOUR practice and
in so doing; you will be encouraged to make apposite links between theory and practice.
Your final submission will represent a portfolio of YOUR work which you will have constructed prior to, during and
after the face-to-face sessions. In addition, the reading that you are required to do for this assignment is foundational
to the curriculum of the course and for full participation sessions.
The Reflective Journal (10%)
Students are required to keep an on-going reflective journal in which they reflect on the key ideas from readings and
discussions and their relevance to their own contexts and experiences as well as to the development of their own
personal philosophy of education. A reflective journal is a public record of the thoughts and reflections you engage
in as you read. While the journal will be confidential (i.e. between student and lecturer), it is not a private diary.
Although there may be some informality and anecdote will be acceptable; attention still needs to be paid to spelling,
grammar, coherence, and quality of content. The lecturer must be able to see a consistent development in thinking
and questioning throughout the journey. A good journal contains the following 5 components:
Demonstrate understanding of the readings
Quality questions to provoke reflection
Critical reflection
Clear application to ones professional context
Good grammar and spelling
You will be required to write 4 journal entries: Each should be a two-page description of the context within which
you examine your professional practice during the course of this unit of study. Each entry MUST contain the five
components as identified above.
Classroom Participation (10%)
In addition there is the expectation that ALL students will be actively involved in classroom discussion and
activities.

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COURSE SCHEDULE

Date
SESSION
NO.

Hours
(Saturdays)

Contact
hours

Lecture/Activity

Practical
LAB SESSION

1
9-12

5th September, 2015

Introduction to Science

*Science Skills

Human Body

*Heart rate
activity

Human Health

*Research Paper:
Human Diseases

2
1-4

*Science Display Assignment

12th September, 2015

9-12

Plant Growth

1-4

Life Cycles

*Germination and
plant growth
(Take home lab)

5
9-12
6

19th September, 2015

Feeding Relationships and Food


Chains

Classification

1-4
*Quiz

9-12

Ecosystems

1-4

Reducing Pollution

9-12

States of Matter

Saturday 26th Sept.,


2015
8
9

Finalise
assignments for
Science Display

*Changes in state
(Laboratory)

10

3rd October, 2015

1-4

Separation of Mixtures

*Separation of
different mixtures
(Laboratory)

11

10th October, 2015

9-12

Physical Properties of Materials

EDUC 1050 GENERAL SCIENCE

12
1-4

Functions of Structures

9-12

Measurement

*Measuring
different quantities
activity

1-4

Simple machines

*Simple machines

13
17th October, 2015
14

(Laboratory )
15

24th October, 2015

SESSION
NO.

Date
(Saturdays)

9-12

Mineral Resources of the Earth

Hours

Contact
hours

Lecture/Activity

Practical
LAB SESSION

16
1-4

Soil Properties

*Soil sample
analysis

*Quiz
(Laboratory)
17
31st October, 2015

9-12

Forms of Energy

1-4

Electricity and Magnetism

18
*Electricity and
Magnetism
(Laboratory)

19

9-12

Weather and Climate


Research Project

th

20

21

7 November, 2015

14th November, 2015

22

23

21st November, 2015

1-4

Natural Disasters

9-12

Forces

1-4

Space

9-12

Course Review
Science Display Presentation
Portfolio Display

24
1-4

Final Reflective Piece

*Observe/Identify
planets, stars

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Assignment Due

Final Portfolio Submission Sat 19th July 2014 by 4:00 p.m. via ROYTECs North office