Dates:  

27th – 28th October 2021 (Closing Date: 10th September 2021)

Applying for this course is no longer possible as the closing date has passed.

Please email us at enquiries@sserc.scot if you would still like to register your interest.

Audience

School Technical Support Staff. Access to this unit will be at the discretion of the centre.

Rationale

This course forms part of a suite of competency based CLPL for support staff.

Course Leader

Gregor Steele

01383 626070
gregor.steele@sserc.scot

Cost    £200

Funding  None available

The SALTERS National Awards for Science Technicians

The aim of the Awards is to highlight the importance of technicians in enabling high quality practical work in science in schools and colleges, with the emphasis on promoting and supporting the professional learning and upskilling of technician teams. Don’t worry if you’re the sole technician in a school or college – you’re still eligible!

Click here for more information on the awards.

Outcomes

Outcome 1

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding related to school physics laboratory equipment and its safe use.

Knowledge and/or Skills

  • Safety procedures and good working practices
  • Identify common physics equipment and apparatus.
  • Show confidence in carrying out experiments using a variety of

Outcome 2

Demonstrate understanding of setting up equipment, measuring techniques and basic fault finding.

Knowledge and/or Skills

  • Show confidence in setting up the equipment.
  • Accurately interpret and record measurements.
  • Demonstrate competence in basic fault finding techniques.

Why Should You Attend?

This unit is primarily intended to provide learners with the knowledge and skills in the safe use of physics laboratory equipment and apparatus in an educational environment.

Programme

Day 1

1, Introduction.

Health and Safety in Physics,

Various demonstrations (interactive) including lasers, portable appliances,  Van de Graaff generator.

2, Sources of information and useful contacts will be discussed.

Light gates, meters, basic circuits, electronics kit, ray boxes, Using light gates and timers.

Measuring current, voltage and resistance.

Basic fault-finding using meters.

Assembling circuits using Unilab Alpha kit.

Using ray boxes with lenses and prisms.

3, Power supplies, signal generators, oscilloscopes, AC and DC supplies.

Smoothed and unsmoothed DC.

Stabilised power supplies.

Signal generator controls.

Using a signal generator with a loudspeaker.

Setting up an oscilloscope.

Using an oscilloscope with a signal generator.

4, Plenary session,

Day 2  

1, Issues encountered in school*,

2, Practical assessment, Participants are observed carrying out practical activities. In one activity involving     light gates and timers, participants may bring apparatus from their base school.

 3, Written assessment,

4, Plenary., Question and Answer Session.

Commitment

Attend on 2 days and undergo both written and practical assessment.

The course will be held at SSERC in Dunfermline. Our SSERC buildings are at 2 Pitreavie Court, Dunfermline, KY11 8UU. SSERC is a short (5-10 minutes) walk from Rosyth railway station and close to the end of the A823(M) spur off Junction 2 of the M90 motorway. Car journey times (approximately): Edinburgh – 30 min; Glasgow – 60 min; Aberdeen – 2.5 hours; Inverness – 3 hours.