The course: Physics 100, an introductory algebra-based physics taken by 750 students in 3 sections, taught in this case by Dr. Georg Rieger. Sometimes a teaching assistance helps in class. The course is an introduction to fundamental concepts such as force, energy, momentum, and the use of graphs and vectors in physics; geometrical optics; electricity.
Course structure: Thirteen weeks with either two 80 minutes lessons or three 50 minutes lessons per week, taught in a traditional large lecture theater. Pedagogy includes worksheet driven, group based activities on most days. Pre-readings are standard for delivering basic new content, and clickers (personal response systems) are used as a normal part of the lecturing process.
Resources: Textbook; homework, notes and other materials are delivered or coordinated using the UBC “Connect” learning management system (a Blackboard Learn™ product); teaching assistants support tutoring practices during class and help with grading of homework, midterms and exams.