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Faculty of Physics and Astronomy

Grammar School

Teaching Degree at Grammar Schools (state examination)

At a glance

Study Programme

Target degree: State Exam
Standard lenghts of programme: 9 Semester
Teaching language: German
Start of study: for the winter semester

Admission/Application

Restricted Admission: free of admission        
Aptitude Assessment: none        

Studying in Würzburg

Programme Contents

The Teaching Degree at Grammar Schools (state examination) programme comprises:

  1. the educational science degree programme
  2. the in-depth study of two teaching subjects

The following insights, skills, abilities and knowledge are taught during the course of the degree programme:
The degree programme explains the fundamentals and methods of physics and the history of its problems. In addition, basic knowledge of the theoretical understanding of physics and an insight into the issues of modern physics are presented.

Learning Objectives

The aim of the programme is to provide students with in-depth knowledge of experimental physics, in particular experimental methods and basic experimental set-ups, basic knowledge of atomic/molecular physics, nuclear/particle physics, solid state physics and theoretical physics, in particular classical mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics, provide an insight into the history of physics, with particular emphasis on the interrelationships between physics and other sciences, Technology, society and the environment, the subject didactic knowledge, in particular the ability to elementalise physical facts, taking into account the age-related ability to abstract, knowledge of physical teaching and working materials and the ability to use them according to didactic aspects, the ability to demonstrate scientific ways of thinking and working using suitable content.

FAQ

  • Description of natural processes under precisely defined, reproducible conditions (experimental observation)
  • Gaining knowledge by creating theoretical models for the quantitative description of observation using the language of mathematics
  • Nature as a whole, from the description of the universe as a whole to the elementary building blocks from which all known matter is constructed
  • from basic research to applied research on specific problems, which very often also originate from non-technical areas

  • Industrial research and development centres
  • Teaching at schools, colleges and universities
  • both in companies and as a self-employed IT expert
  • Patents (law firms and patent offices)
  • Management consultancies, financial service providers, insurance companies and banks
  • Public service

  • good basic knowledge of scientific and mathematical subjects at A-level level
  • ability to abstract
  • analytical thinking
  • load capacity
  • independence
  • combination capability
  • perseverance
  • discipline and perseverance
  • patience

  • interest in technical content
  • enjoy solving complex problems
  • scientific curiosity

   

Study Structure and Organisation

Structure:

1. Study of two specialised subjects (102 ECTS points each)

  • Specialised scientific studies (92 ECTS points)
  • Specialised didactic studies (10 ECTS points)

2. Educational science programme (35 ECTS points)

  • Pedagogical-didactic school internship (max. 4 ECTS points)

3. Free area (max. 15 ECTS points)

  • interdisciplinary
  • specialised

4. Written term paper (10 ECTS points)

Module Abbreviation ECTS-Points
Foundations of Experimental Physics    
Classical Physics 1 (Mechanics) 11-E-M 8
Classical Physics 2 (Heat and Electromagnetism) 11-E-E 8
Optics and Waves 11-L-OW 7
Advanced Experimental Physics    
Modern Physics 1
11-L-M1 7
Modern Physics 2 (Molecule and Solid State Physics)
11-L-M2 5
Modern Physics 3 (Nuclear, Particle and Astrophysics)
11-L-M3 5
General Concepts of Physics
11-L-GKP 6
Theoretical Physics    
Theoretical Physics 1 for Pre Service Teachers 11-L-T1 7
Theoretical Physics 2 for Pre Service Teachers 11-L-T2F 7
Mathematical Methods    
Mathematical Methods of Physics 11-M-MR 6
Laboratory Course I    
Laboratory Course Physics A (Mechanics, Heat, Electromagnetism) 11-P-LA 2
Data and Error Analysis
11-P-FR1 2
Laboratory Course Physics B (Electricity, Circuits, Atomic and Nuclear Physics) 11-P-LB 5
Advanced Laboratory Course
11-P-LFP 5
Laboratory Course II    
Demonstration Laboratory Course 1 11-P-DP1 5
Practical Training in Student Lab/Demonstration Laboratory Course 2 11-P-LLL-DP2 7

Module Abbreviation ECTS-Points
Physics Teaching Concepts 11-L-PD 5
Physics Teaching Concepts Seminar
11-L-PDS 2
Student Lab Preparation Course (Physics) German Gymnasium
11-L-L3SGY
3

Module Abbreviation ECTS-Points
Physics: Practical Training and Theory of Classroom 11-L-SBPGY 4

Module Abbreviation ECTS-Points
Student Lab Supervision (Physics) 11-L-L3B 2
Low Cost - High Impact. Low-budget Experiments for Science Courses (Physics) 11-MIND-Ph1 2
Teaching Science with Hands-on-Exhibits (Physics) 11-MIND-Ph2 2
Scientific Work in Teaching Concepts 11-L-WPD 3
etc    

Programme Progression Plans and Variants

The course of study shown (Download as pdf) is a recommendation resulting from the logical sequence of module topics.

You are free to organise your studies according to your own wishes, bring certain modules forward or take them later, e.g. after a semester abroad.

Starting Study

During Semester

Tutor

In the first two semesters of the physics degree programme, numerous tutorials are offered as a continuation of the MINT preparatory course. They offer the opportunity to practise and consolidate what you have learnt using your own supervised exercises. The dates of the tutorials can be found in the course catalogue.

JIM-Explainhiwis

JIM Explainers are students with suitable technical and didactic skills who provide students with assistance and answer questions at eye level. They should help to minimise known beginner problems primarily when solving the exercises for the basic lectures.to the JIMs

First-year mentoring programme

As part of the programme, each interested student is assigned a mentor from among the teaching staff (professors and private lecturers) in the first semester. The mentor accompanies the students assigned to him or her during the Bachelor's programme as a contact person and confidant. More

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