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CARIBBEAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate. PHYSICS SYLLABUS Effective for examination from May-June 2015 ORIENTATION WORKSHOP May 29, 2013. WELCOME!. THANK YOU FOR COMING! Aim : - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Caribbean Secondary Education CertificatePHYSICS SYLLABUS Effective for examination from May-June 2015



Aim:to apprise participants of changes to the syllabus and to enhance their knowledge base and skills required to interpret and implement the CSEC Physics Syllabus

2Major ChangesRationaleOrganization of the syllabusSuggestion for teaching the syllabusThe Practical ApproachSectionsFormat of the exam School-Based Assessments

3RationaleGreater emphasis on the application of scientific concepts and principlesEmbracement of The Vision of the Ideal Caribbean Person (Adopted by the CARICOM Heads of Government at their 18th Summit)UNESCOs Pillars of Learning

Emphasis on APPLICATION OF SCIENTIFIC CONCEPTApplication rather than short term memoryDevelop long-term transferrable skillsTeam workCritical thinkingApply science to problem solvingAdaptability to changes in society and environmentEthical conductMove away from traditional teaching of physics as the next mathematics classMathematics is the alphabet for physics, but first we must understand concepts before we can translate physics into mathematics and visa-versa

4RationaleThe Ideal Caribbean Person is described as being someone who:

has respect for human life and awareness of the importance of living in harmony with the environment;

demonstrates multiple literacies; independent and critical thinking and the innovative application of science and technology to problem solving;

demonstrate a positive work ethic and value and display creative imagination and entrepreneurship.The ideal Caribbean Person9 in total, the syllabus is focused on 3.The 3 points lie on the UNESCOs Pillars of Learning.


UNESCOS PILLARS OF LEARNINGOf the 5 points, the CSEC syllabus is focused on 3.Learning to do application important and the focus of the revised syllabus, apply science to solve problemsLearning to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, value creativity and imaginationLearning to transform oneself and society how do they contribute back to their society, country and so on how do they see themselves as a member of society, as an asset or something else?6Organization of the SyllabusSuggestions for teaching the syllabus and the Practical Approachgreater emphasis on the application of scientific concepts and principlesestablish relevant link to regional and global examplesemploy a practical approach whenever possibleBy facilitating inquiry-based learning, we will cater to different teaching and learning styles.Emphasis on ApplicationFocus less on factual materialsDiscourage short term memorization and short term recallDon not convert physics to the next mathematic class.Do not limit lectures to just the classroom establish links to regional and global examplesPhysics of the atom,When discussing nuclear energy use the effects on the tsunami on Japans nuclear power plants. Discuss the dangers of radioactive wastes; the magnitude of the energy released by the atom; the conditions for controlling a nuclear interaction.Waves, cite examples of use of sound waves in medicine and their use in navigation and weather forecasting,Do not make mechanics all mathematics. Establish links between use of the Newtonian laws of motion and forensics, crash scenes, and so on

Teaching Section A firstTeaching Measurement first is essential. However, we can depart from Section A and move on to other sections that contain True Physics that enhance application of physical principles.

The Practical ApproachClarify and discuss the skills: MM, AI, ORR, PD

7Organization of the SyllabusSectionsPreviously, the CSEC Physics Syllabus comprised of 6 sections.The revised has 5 sectionsPhysical Measurements and Units and Mechanics now make up one section.Some sections have been shortened. E3.4, (calculations on the cost of electrical energy (KWH)) E4.20 (International colour code) have been removed

No new additions. Some sections have been shortened.Section A and B of previous syllabus has been joined to form one. However, Measurement is embedded in all sections. At all times, students should be encouraged to develop the skills in deriving units, use and select equipment properly and so on.8Organization of the SyllabusSkills and Interrelationships column has been extended to include Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology overlaps;identify skills that can be assessed during suggested practical activities.Suggested Teaching and Learning Activities section.List of activitiesURL (web address)Skills and InterrelationshipsSections have been clearly marked so that you can liaise with your colleagues. Take advantage of this feature to maximize your time. However, always ensure that your students covered these sections appropriately.

Suggested Teaching and Learning Activities To provide support for the rationale of Application a list of activities and websites is listed at the end of each section.

9Questions?Time for a break

Format of the examPaper 01 (1 hour 15 minutes) 60 MC QuestionsPaper 02 (2 hrs) One compulsory data analysis question.Two structured .Three extended response questions.Paper 03/1 SBAPaper 03/2Alternate to the SBA for private candidates

Major change was made to the SBA component of the exam12Guideline for the SBAsMinimum number of practicals remain at 16 over a two year period.Previously, 10 topics were listed and considered essential for the development and evaluations of skills.Presently, the 16 practicals MUST include

PendulumSHC/SLHRadioactive DecayMomentum/Conservation of energyRefractionSeries and Parallel CircuitsI-V RelationshipsThe number of practicals over two years remain at 16.

These 16 practicals must include an experiment from topics listed.

Examples of experiments from each section.Recommend that some experiments can be divided into smaller practicals, eg I-V Relationships experiments

13Guideline for the SBAsPrevious Assessment of Practical Skills

SkillsPoint IPoint IIPoint IIIPoint IVObservation/Recording/Reporting (ORR)Manipulation /Measurement(MM)Planning and Designing(PD)Analysis and Interpretation(AI)SBA Mark should be average of at least two separate assessments 14Guideline for the SBAsRevised Assessment of Practical Skills

ProfileSkillsYear 1Year 2TOTALTimes to be assessedMarksTimes to be assessedMarksTimes to be assessed

MarksXSMM11022033090(30*) ORR110220330PD220110330UKAI22012034040(10*)TOTAL6606701213040*Page 55*Indicates that some marks will be weighted/scaled

Each skill must be assessed AT LEAST 3 times

Introduction of the investigative project that should be carried out over the two years.Year 1 the plan and designYear 2 the execution/carrying out the design15Guideline for the SBAsEach skill must be assessed at least 3 times over the 2 year period.Do not assess more than two skills for one activity.Encourage students to make corrections so that misconceptions will not persist.

Each skill must be assessed AT LEAST 3 times

Discourage assessing more than two skills for one experiment

Encourage students to make corrections on their reports even after reviews or corrections have been made.16Guideline for the SBAsAddition of an Investigative project.planning to be done in Year 1execution to be done in Year 2Investigative project will be assessed for the skills PD (10 marks) and AI (20 marks).

Introduction of the investigative project that should be carried out over the two years.Year 1 the plan and designYear 2 the execution/carrying out the design

The investigative project will count as part of the SBA assessment in Year 1 and Year 2. In Year 1 as PD and Year 2 as AI. The assessed marks will be out of 10 and 20 respectively.

17Guideline for the SBAsOn-site moderation of the SBAs by an external moderatorModerators will make a first visit near the end of Year 1 and a second visit during the middle of Year 2.Revised SBA Assessment Record Sheets will be available online at .

Since the marks awarded have been redistributed, there will be a new record card in use next year.

On site moderation by external moderators will take effect next year. The logistics, schedule and so on will be worked out the CXC and you should be informed later this year.18Questions?19

Format of the examPrevious weighting of Papers and Profiles:

ProfilesPaper 1(MC)Paper 2(Structured; Data Analysis)Paper 3(Free Response)Paper 4(SBA)Total%Knowledge and Comprehension(KC)251010-45Use of Knowledge(UK)-1515535Experimental Skills(XS)-5-1520TOTAL %2530252010021


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