IB-Chemistry at the FKG

Combined HL/ SL course outline

Chemistry - an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills

The IB Chemistry HL/ SL course is designed to take the students to a level of knowledge to get a general understanding of how science “works”. Chemistry is a prerequisite for many other courses in higher education, such as medicine, biological science and environmental science and serves as useful preparation for employment. The students are supposed to develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations associated with science and technology. Furthermore, the course will enable the students to apply and use a body of knowledge including methods and techniques of science in general or those unique to the subject of chemistry. The students will be trained to be patient and persistent in solving problems in a variety of contexts. Additionally, the students should be able to present their results and to communicate clearly with other people dealing with the same or similar matter. Finally, the course members ought to appreciate historical and multicultural aspects

 of chemistry.


To achieve those objectives the course will provide opportunities for scientific exploration and creativity within global contexts. For the course atStandard Level, no specific background or previous knowledge of science is presumed. The students approach to study, characterized by the specific IB learner profile attributes – inquirers, thinkers and communicators – will be significant here. For Students considering the study of chemistry at Higher Level some previous exposure to the subject would be necessary. The two-year chemistry course will include the essential principles of the subject but also, through a selection of options, allow some flexibility to tailor the course to meet the needs of the students. Short histories of chemical pioneers and events are also going to be part of the lessons. Furthermore, we keep in touch with the renowned chemistry department of Goettingen University, which has always been a centre of internationally orientated excellent research since the university's foundation in 1737. The course covers all the eleven core topics, two options and the group 4 project of the new 2007 syllabus of the IB guide.

Chemistry is an experimental science that combines academic study with the acquisition of practical and investigational skills. Because of that, and of the very nature of the subject, an experimental approach to the teaching of chemistry will be carried out. Throughout the course, continuous investigations of the students will be made, considering the assessment criteria of design (D), data collection and processing (DCP) and conclusion and evaluation (CE). Further criteria include the manipulative skill (MS) and the personal skills (PS) of the students. The latter will be assessed just once during the group 4 project, in which “students from different group 4 subjects will work together on a scientific or technological topic to encourage an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method”. Students will get written and oral feedback after each core chapter. This will make the assessment criteria transparent to the students and help them to develop their work according to the IB criteria.