Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE TET5005

 
TITLE Teaching and Learning Methodologies in Materials and Mechanical Technology

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Technology and Entrepreneurship Education

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit tackles specifically the pedagogical aspects of teaching and learning topics within the knowledge domains of materials and mechanical technology. It discusses well researched perceptions and mental models that novice learners have about naïve physics topics such as forces and the mechanics of motion, microstructure and macro properties of materials, heat, temperature and specific heat capacity, pressure and flow in fluids, static and dynamic equilibrium etc.

It presents models and analogies designed to foster better understanding of the mentioned knowledge domains at secondary level and beyond. The unit also highlights typical practical difficulties that novice learners usually encounter when designing and implementing projects or artefacts using resistant materials and relevant tooling. It provides opportunity for learners to reflect on their own education of the domains of materials and mechanical engineering while researching new methodologies for the effective teaching and assessment of such topics.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are to:
- Present and analyse novice learners’ perceptions and mental models within the materials and mechanical technology knowledge domains.
- Present teaching models, analogies and methods used to foster better understanding of topics within the materials and mechanical technology theoretical and practical knowledge.
- Provide students with an opportunity to reflect on and research about new methods of presenting topics within the materials and mechanical technology knowledge domains.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- List and discuss common perceptions, mental models or difficulties of novice students about naïve physics relating to the knowledge domains of materials and mechanical engineering.
- List, discuss and analyse well researched projects and methods which have been designed to address specific learning difficulties within the topic of knowledge domains of materials and mechanical engineering.
- Link the challenges of learning topics and skills from the knowledge domains of materials and mechanical technology with aspects of cognitive development or performance in other subjects, for example, mental visualization skills, mathematical skills, drawing skills and practical aptitude etc.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Develop methods or instruments to measure the level of understanding / misunderstanding of students within a given topic in the knowledge domains of materials and mechanical technology.
- Use visualization as a tool to develop novel methods of teaching materials and mechanical technology.
- Use educational technology to plan and manage better the teaching of materials and mechanical technology topics.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Camp, C. W., & Clement, J. J. (2010). Preconceptions in Mechanics: Lessons Dealing with Students' Conceptual Difficulties (2nd ed.): American Association of Physics Teachers.

Chen, R. F., Eisenkraft, A., Fortus, D., Krajcik, J., Neumann, K., Nordine, J., & Scheff, A. (Eds.). (2014). Teaching and Learning of Energy in K-12 Education. Heidelberg, New York, London: Springer.

Wiesen, J. (2015). Barron's Mechanical Aptitude and Spatial Relations Test (third ed.): Barron's Educational Series.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment See note below Yes 100%
Note: Assessment due will vary according to the study-unit availability.

 
LECTURER/S

 
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