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Short Course
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Natural Science and Technology Education for the Intermediate Phase
A lack in knowledge and skills in Natural Science and Technology contributes to poor learner performance in these subjects which needs to be addressed.

Purpose of the course:

This course will empower participants to be confident and skilled in presenting NS & Technology in the Intermediate Phase.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
N/A
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Fundamental knowledge in Natural Science and Technology.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:
 
  • After successful completion of this short course participants will:
  • understand seven differences between living and non-living things
  • identify the parts of a simple plant
  • identify the habitats of some common animals and understand the uniqueness of their biophysical environment
  • design learning and assessment activities for a class
  • be able to list three states of matter
  • know how heat can change the state of matter
  • understand the ‘water cycle’
  • know how the physical properties of matter can be changed
  • know how to classify matter in terms of purity
  • understand energy as the ability to do work
  •  know that burning fuels is the source of energy
  •  know that there is renewable and non-renewable sources of energy
  • know how to create a simple electric circuit
  • understand that energy can be changed from one form to another
  • know the relative position of earth in space
  • understand the rotation and revolution of earth
  • know the surface features of earth
  • list the inner cores of earth
  • Know how full moon and new moon occurs
  • understand the life-cycle of a house fly
  • working of a food-web
  • understand importance of wetlands
  • explain photosynthesis
  • understand food nutrient groups and balanced diet
  • know the ways of food-processing
  • identify that soil, air, water and sunlight sustain the life on Earth
  • correctly distinguish the different types of soil
  • be able to explain the formation of different types of rocks
  • develop knowledge about body and trace fossils
  • describe solids, liquids and gases in terms of particle arrangements
  • explain different kinds of solutions
  • know factors affecting rate of dissolving
  • know procedures to purify water

After successful completion of this course, you are expected to:

  •     Have a sound subject knowledge and display a positive work ethic;
  •     Have a sound pedagogical knowledge and be able to apply it in the classroom;
  •     Have the ability to identify learner needs and be able to support where needed;
  •     Communicate effectively with learners and colleagues;
  •     To interpret the school curriculum and be able to develop appropriate learning programmes;
  •     Understand and respect diversity, progression and inclusivity in the South African context;
  •     Manage a class effectively and assess learners in a reliable and varied ways;
  •     Reflect critically on society and the discipline of science.

Participants will appreciate the unique nature of science and, importance of teaching and learning of natural science.

  • Understand the role of scientific method in the teaching of science and use scientific method in activities;
  • Demonstrate competency to complete investigations and analyse problems;
  • Understand and apply principles of diversity in the science classroom.
  •  sound subject knowledge and positive work ethic;
  • sound pedagogical knowledge and be able to apply it in the classroom;
  • the ability to identify learner needs and be able to support where needed;
  • effective communication capability with learners and colleagues;
  • interpret the school curriculum and be able to develop appropriate learning programmes;
  • understand and respect diversity, progression and inclusivity in the South African context;
  • manage a class effectively and assess learners in a reliable and varied ways;
  • reflect critically on society and the discipline of science.

 

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Mixed
Target group: 
School subject advisors and school teachers in all provinces in South Africa
Contact us
Name: 
UCE
E-mail: 
Telephone number: 
018 285 2821