Montana State University

PHSX 591-804: Electric Circuits & Magnetism

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Online
Jun 17-Aug 11, 2013
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $666.70
Instructor(s): Robert Wilson

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Course Description

This course is a revision of the previous Electricity - 1 credit course. If you have taken the Electricity course then this course will cover very similar concepts.

This 2-credit course is designed for practicing teachers who are teaching basic electric circuits as part of the science curricula in their classrooms. Its broad purpose is to introduce experienced teachers to core concepts in electric circuits, as those ideas relate to modern hands-on, inquiry-oriented science curricular materials. By helping teachers improve their understanding of the underlying physics, this course will enable them to teach electric circuits more effectively. The specific course goals are as follows:

  • To deepen teachers understanding of basic physics principles underlying electric circuits.
  • To enhance teachers ability to convey concepts of electric circuits through inquiry approaches to learning.
  •  To encourage the sharing of resources and pedagogical methods among course participants.
  • To strengthen teacher knowledge and confidence in teaching electric circuits, and to develop their ability to critically analyze and use commercially available resources.
  • To briefly introduce magnetism, differentiating electric charge and magnet poles and observing the connection between an electric current and a magnetic field.

This course will be taught as an online, D2L-based course involving significant student/instructor and student/student interaction, student team participation in course homework assignments, and independent study. The time commitment is anticipated to be approximately 11-12  hours per week for eight weeks. Course work will involve a mixture of online discussion, hands-on (lab-type) activities, readings from assigned and independently researched sources, and on-line quizzes.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week to stay current and successfully complete this 1 graduate credit course.

Instructor(s)

Robert Wilson. is retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at San Bernardino Valley College. He taught Physics there for 37 years and was also Director of the College Science Learning Center. Professor Wilson received his B.S. and M.A. from California State University at Long Beach.

Prerequisites

In service teacher. A general science methods course.

Target Audience

5 - 8th grade elementary teachers.

Time Commitment:

10-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Tuition$533.00
 Program Fee $127.00
 Computer Fee$6.70
 Total$666.70

Program fee includes $110 materials fee. All materials will be sent to you by NTEN.
NSTA Members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on tuition. Enter your NSTA Membership Number when you are asked for it

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • NTEN will send a kit of materials.

Computer Requirements:

  • Computer running Windows XP Service Pack 3 or newer or Mac OS X.5 (Leopard) or higher
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet access

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information


Contact
Lisa Brown
Lisa.Brown@montana.edu

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