P108: Project-based experiences in Quantitative Analytical chemistry laboratory
It is increasingly becoming recognized that traditional approach to teaching both in the classroom and laboratory) is not producing the learning outcome that is desired for students. Literature is replete with publications/reports on this subject matter. As such there is a shift of paradigm to pedagogies that have being collectively acknowledged by many names such as: student centered, learning centered, active learning etc. The general goals of these approaches are to motivate students to engage the teaching-learning process, to facilitate knowledge acquisition, skill development and change of habit. This presentation will be focused on the implementation of project based approach to accomplish these goals. This approach is based on using analysis of commonly encountered samples (e.g. bottled water, soda, etc.) to reinforce concepts and techniques covered in the lecture aspect of quantitative analytical chemistry. The projects used will be described. Results obtained from bottled water samples and its treatment using principal component analysis will be presented. Also, results of students’ assessment of their experience will be discussed.