1995 The Regents of the University of California

This course is structured in an unusual manner. The time devoted to the course (approximately 16 - 17 weeks) is distributed evenly between four units. A substantial part of the time is devoted to the independent group work on specific topics in each unit. The following is a possible scenario of how learning material can be introduced and consolidated in class, and what teaching techniques can be used during the semester.

  1. Introduction of the new material and its class discussion (one week)

  2. Collaborative group work ( two weeks) that includes:
    organizing library and computer research; conducting lab and demo experiments; participating in observations; gathering and organizing information; creating data tables, posters, and other visual aids; developing the format for class presentation, and participating in a final class project (optional.)

  3. Class presentations (one week):
    Each group should be given at least one period for not merely giving a presentation in front of the class, but playing a teacher's role for a day. It means that each group is responsible for presenting the material they have researched, organizing work with the textbook, involving class in experiments, explaining to other students how to solve problems (if necessary), answering questions, and organizing class discussions on the topic introduced.

  4. Recapitulation of all the concepts discussed in class and presented by different groups (one or two periods).

  5. Testing the level and quality of understanding of the material studied within the unit (one period).

SYLLABUS of the course

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