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Chemistry

Objectives

The objectives for all group 4 subjects reflect those parts of the aims that will be assessed. Wherever appropriate, the assessment will draw upon environmental and technological contexts and identify the social, moral and economic effects of science.

It is the intention of all the Diploma Programme experimental science courses that students should achieve the following objectives.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of:

  • scientific facts and concepts

  • scientific methods and techniques

  • scientific terminology

  • methods of presenting scientific information.

  1. Apply and use:

  • scientific facts and concepts

  • scientific methods and techniques

  • scientific terminology to communicate effectively

  • appropriate methods to present scientific information.

  1. Construct, analyse and evaluate:

  • hypotheses, research questions and predictions

  • scientific methods and techniques

  • scientific explanations.

  1. Demonstrate the personal skills of cooperation, perseverance and responsibility appropriate for effective scientific investigation and problem solving.

  2. Demonstrate the manipulative skills necessary to carry out scientific investigations with precision and safety.

Aims

Through studying any of the group 4 subjects, students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. While the “scientific method” may take on a wide variety of forms, it will generally involve the formation, testing and modification of hypotheses through observation and measurement, under the controlled conditions of an experiment. It is this approach, along with the falsifiability of scientific hypotheses, that distinguishes the experimental sciences from other disciplines and characterizes each of the subjects within group 4.

It is in this context that all the Diploma Programme experimental science courses should aim to:

  1. provide opportunities for scientific study and creativity within a global context which will stimulate and challenge students.

  2. provide a body of knowledge, methods and techniques which characterize science and technology.

  3. enable students to apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques which characterize science and technology.

  4. develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesize scientific information.

  5. engender an awareness of the need for, and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities.

  6. develop experimental and investigative scientific skills.

  7. develop and apply the students’ information technology skills in the study of science.

  8. raise awareness of the moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science aid technology.

  9. develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations associated with science and scientists.

  10. encourage an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method.