Montana State University

PHSX 591-801: Electric Circuits & Magnetism

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Online
Jun 13-Jul 29, 2016
Credit: 2 graduate
Instructor(s): Robert Wilson

Course Description

Please register for CRN 11519
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

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

All materials will be sent to you by NTEN.

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

How to Register

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