Foundations and Teaching of Mathematics III and Chemistry - CHIMICA (2020/2021)

Course code
Name of lecturer
Mariapina D'Onofrio
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector

Language of instruction
Sem. 2A dal Feb 15, 2021 al Mar 20, 2021.

To show the organization of the course that includes this module, follow this link * Course organization

Lesson timetable

Go to lesson schedule

Learning outcomes

-the knowledge of the basis of chemistry and of the specific chimical language
-the application of the scientific method to the field of chemistry to explain "why" and "how" the daily life appears
-the development of a "molecular" approach of the world as a prerequisite to know the sorrounding space
-the use of multidisciplinary topics (energy, light, matter, water, life, environment, food, poison, pollution) to build specific didactic courses within the chemical sciences
-the set up of simple experimental works to be made in classroom, laboratory, outside


Chemistry as a teaching subject in primary school
Introduction to the periodic table
Definition of atom, element, sub-atomic particles, isotopes and radioactivity, chemical compound and molecule
Strong or weak bonds
Matter states and its changes
Mixtures and properties
Concept of mole and concentration of a solution
Energy forms
Concept of acidity and basicity, definition of pH
Chemical transformations
Redox reactions and electrochemical cell
The chemistry of carbon compounds, notes on the functional groups of organic molecules
The food pyramid: carbohydrates, vitamins, lipids, proteins
DNA and RNA: the molecules of life
Educational workshops for primary school students on various topics

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Peter Atkins Che cos'è la chimica? Zanichelli 2015
Nivaldo J. Tro Introduzione alla chimica Pearson 2018
R. Carpignano, G. Cerrato, D. Lanfranco, T. Pera La Chimica Maestra Il Baobab, l’albero della ricerca 2013 978-88-905024-6-0
Laura Cipolla Metodi e strumenti per l'insegnamento e l'apprendimento della chimica EdiSES 2014

Assessment methods and criteria

Final verification by oral examination of the level of knowledge and in-depth analysis of the topics covered during the course.
The exam foresees that the student shall prepare a deep oral presentation regarding one of the topic (free choice) of the course. The student must demonstrate that she/he has learned the basic concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry and that she/he has learned and understood methods and tools for teaching chemistry with particular attention to primary school children.