529-0962-00L  Fundamental Aspects of Chemistry with an Educational Focus I

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersA. Togni, K. Eyer, R. Grass, C. Thilgen
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman
CommentInformation for UZH students:
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529-0962-00 VVertiefte Grundlagen der Chemie I für Lehrdiplom
**wird auch für Studierende der Universität Zürich angeboten**
2 hrs
Thu17:45-19:30HCI D 2 »
A. Togni, K. Eyer, R. Grass, C. Thilgen

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AbstractSelected topics in general chemistry:
1) The language of chemistry
2) Chirality and stereochemistry
3) Oxidation of water
4) Chemistry of the atmosphere
ObjectiveIn this course, participants acquire extended and more in-depth knowledge of selected chemistry topics. The selection is based to a large extent on the partial aspects of chemistry that are typically taught at high school. By gaining a broader understanding, teachers are put in a position where they can comprehend the topics that are to be taught in a wider and, to some extent, unconventional context and critically process these in respect of their teachability and learnabiltiy. At the same time, interrelationships between the classical sub-disciplines of chemistry are highlighted, along with the unique features of chemistry as one of the central natural sciences.
ContentContent of the four modules:
1) The language of chemistry: Concepts, formulas, aesthetics, and philosophical aspects
2) Chirality and stereochemistry: Selected aspects, origin of biomolecular chirality, inorganic chemistry
3) Water Oxidation, from Photosystem II to biomimetic models
4) Chemistry of the atmosphere
Lecture notesFolien und ausgewählte Literatur werden zur Verfügung gestellt.
LiteratureAusgewählte Artikel aus der Primärliteratur werden vorgestellt, kommentiert und zur Lektüre empfohlen.
Prerequisites / NoticeFV I (gelesen im Herbstsemester) und FV II (gelesen im Frühjahrssemester) bauen nicht aufeinander auf. Die Reihenfolge der Belegung ist somit indifferent.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingfostered
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersA. Togni, K. Eyer, R. Grass, C. Thilgen
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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Chemistry Teaching DiplomaSpec. Courses in Resp. Subj. w/ Educ. Focus & Further Subj. DidacticsOInformation
Science Education MasterSpec. Courses in Respective Subject with Educational FocusWInformation