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LAM-PT09-01

SEMESTER 3: BACHELOR OF EDUCATION (PRIMARY
SCIENCE) 2008

COURSE TITLE : THINKING AND WORKING SCIENTIFICALLY

CREDIT POINTS : 3 credits (45 hours)

1. SYNOPSIS

This course enables students to acquire scientific skills which include the basic and
integrated science process skills as well as manipulative skills. Techniques in applying
science process skills through investigations/experiments will enhance the teacher’s
competency in helping children understand science concepts.

2. TOPICS AND TIME ALLOCATION

1. Overview of course 3 hours
2. Manipulative skills 6 hours
3. Basic science process skills 21 hours
4. Integrated science process skills 15 hours

Total 45 hours

3. LEARNING OUTCOMES

i. Develop a critical appreciation of the basic and integrated science process skills
and their practice in the teaching of science in primary schools
ii. Demonstrate competence in designing approaches that support children in
developing their science procedural skills and understanding
iii. Explain manipulative skills as psychomotor processes which are developed
through scientific investigation

4. ASSESSMENT

Course work : 50 %
Examination : 50 %

5. TEACHING AND LEARNING APPROACHES

A mix of lectures, tutorials and discussions.

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PLAN FOR SEMESTER TEACHING AND LEARNING
SEMESTER 3 (3 January – 23 May 2008) Year 2008

Name of Lecturer : Tan Juat Ngoh
Department : Science
Course Unit : Thinking and working scientifically
Hours per week : 3 hours
Programme : PISMP SAINS

Topic Content/Skills Interaction Remarks
Week
Week Time per
Number
week
1 Introduction to the Overview of course
3- 4 unit expectations and
Jan.2008 assessments 3
Primary Science
Teaching
2 Manipulative skills • Types and units
7- 11 of measurement
Jan.2008 • Use and handle
science
apparatus 3
• Draw diagrams
and apparatus
accurately

3 Manipulative skills • Handling
14 - 18 specimens
Jan. 2008 properly and
carefully
• Clean science
apparatus
correctly
• Store science
3
apparatus and
laboratory
substances
correctly and
safely

4 The Basic Science Observing
21 - 25 Process Skills
Jan.2008 3

5 The Basic Science Classifying 1 Feb 2008
28 Jan.- 1 Process Skills (Public
Feb.2008 Holiday-
3 Federal
Territory
Day)

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Topic Content/Skills Interaction Remarks
Week
Week Time per
Number
week
6 The Basic Science Communicating 7 – 8 Feb.
4 -6 Process Skills 2008
Feb.2008 (Public
3 holidays-
Chinese
New Year)
7 Basic science Predicting
11 - 15 process skills
Feb. 2008 3

8 The Basic Science Measuring and using
18 – 22 Process Skills numbers
Feb. 2008 3

9 Basic science Space-time
25 – 29 process skills relationship
Feb. 2008
3

10 3–7 Basic science skills Inferring
March 3
2008
11
10 – 14 MID-SEMESTER BREAK
March
2008
12 20/3/08
17 – 21 Public
March SCHOOL-BASED EXPERIENCE holiday:
2008 Maulidur
Rasul
13 Integrated Science Identifying and
24 – 28 process skills Controlling Variables
March 3
2008 Defining Operationally

14 31 March- Integrated Science Interpreting Data
4 April process skills 3
2008
15 Integrated Science Formulating and
7 – 11 process skills Testing Hypothesis 3
April 2008
16 Integrated Science Experimenting
14 - 18 process skills 3
April 2008
17 Integrated Science Experimenting
21 - 25 process skills
April 2008 3

18 EXPERIMENT 1 May
28 April – 2008
2 May (Public

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Topic Content/Skills Interaction Remarks
Week
Week Time per
Number
week
2008 holiday-
Labour
Day)
19
5 - 9 May REVISION
2008
20
12- 16 May REVISION
2008
21 19/5/08
Public
20 – 23
May 2008
FINAL EXAMINATION Holiday:
Wesak
Day
Semester Holidays 24 May – 15 June 2008

Prepared by: Signature of Head of Department

(TAN JUAT NGOH) (AZIZAH NGAH TASIR)

Date: 17 Dec. 2007 Date:

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