To carry out the undergraduate education objective of Wuhan University, the College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences in Wuhan University had revised and compiled the 2018 edition of the education scheme. The 2018 edition features the strengthening of the mastery of mathematics and physics, the concentration on the improvement of problem-solving skills, the requirement for all the students to take "scientific research training and practice", the dramatic reduction of the required credits for elective courses, the advocating of personalized development, and the encouragement for taking interdisciplinary courses and cross-major courses.
The new engineering education goal focuses on cultivating wide-caliber, interdisciplinary, and compound talents of applied chemistry. Based on the teaching reform research on the applied chemistry major in Hunan University, we have summarized the achievements of teaching reform in recent years in the fields of specialty comprehensive reform, practical teaching, innovation and entrepreneurship, and international courses.
This paper briefly introduces the basic situation of content selection of the inorganic chemistry course in Wuhan University. Our basic teaching ideas are:taking "structure" as the main line that runs through the teaching, establishing the knowledge network and following the "application" and "essential" principles. With the guidance of these concepts, we integrate teaching contents to help students understand the basic concepts of chemistry and acquire the chemical way of thinking.
In this paper, the curriculum system construction of "Chemistry and Society" is introduced, which focuses on highlighting the "general education" of this course. The course aims to improve and enhance the students' ability of critical thinking by helping students to clear up misunderstanding of chemistry and introducing the chemical common sense to students.
The philosophical features of worldview and methodology of the chemistry discipline are analyzed. Based on the way of cultivating scientific sense and thinking mode of chemistry, a new curriculum module known as curriculum based on the way of thinking is established for education program for undergraduates of chemistry majors. Some suggestions for formation of a sound curriculum and rational arrangement of teaching contents are put forward. It is intended to provide advices for future design of curriculum, compilation of chemistry textbooks and reform of teaching contents for chemistry majors.
The important role of physical chemistry teaching in professional training of undergraduate students in chemistry majors is discussed. The significance, necessity, documental basis for establishing this detailed suggestion for teaching contents and teaching requirements, and the principles for using this suggestion are explained. This suggestion is set according to the outcome-based teaching strategy with clear statements of the requirements of knowledge, abilities and quality of physical chemistry teaching. This suggestion can provide guidance on the teaching reform and innovation, the construction of teaching resources, the compilation of textbooks and the assessment of teaching effectiveness for physical chemistry course at present and in future.
The development of chemistry majors in normal universities has their own histories, and the characteristics are also different from chemistry majors in comprehensive universities. In order to cultivate talents with specialty, the curriculum system in the chemistry majors of normal university should include general courses, core disciplinary courses, and personal developmental courses, which are designed specifically based on the characteristics and needs of different kinds of students. The pedagogy in the chemistry majors of normal university should embody the chemical thinking and modern teaching principles and methodologies, and integrate the process and characteristics of chemical research with teaching process and methods deeply.
The construction of scientific and characteristic undergraduate training program is the prerequisite to the undergraduate education. This paper focuses on the reform and revision of undergraduate chemistry curriculums by the College of Chemistry at Sichuan University. It summarizes the basic approach of building a characteristic undergraduate training program from the following aspects:defining education objectives, identifying the features and advantages, innovating the cultivation mode and designing the curriculums. This work also provides certain implications to the training program construction of related disciplines.
We discussed the training program based on the "enrollment and training of students in large category" for chemistry majors of College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Xiamen University, and expounded the curriculum system including public basic courses, general knowledge courses, core subject courses, multi-level practical courses, modular and professional courses, and the elective courses.
Constructing a new curriculum system and reforming teaching content is the continuing theme of higher education reform. Based on the characteristics of local comprehensive universities, this paper constructed a new system of "four-in-one" curriculum, formed a three-level curriculum module, and carried out a multi-angle and multi-level curriculum reform, laying a foundation for the cultivation of innovative talents in chemistry.
This paper mainly introduces the teaching reform and practice of curriculum system for innovative chemistry-majored students in Lanzhou University. It is intended to provide some advices for reform of curriculum system and teaching contents for chemistry majors in the future.