Professional Development Workshops

Professional Development for Chemistry Teachers

The School of Chemistry presented a comprehensive and well-received workshop on "Chemical Equilibrium and the Haber Process" at the NSW Science Teachers Association Chemistry Professional Development Day on May 4, 2012. The presentation included background theory, teaching ideas such as analogies, demonstrations and experiments as well as links to some relevant web resources. The lecture notes from this presentation are available by clicking this link.
If you have an idea for a Professional Development session that you would like us to run for you or your staff, please contact Assoc. Prof. Naresh Kumar ( He's happy to discuss tailoring a presentation to your specific teaching needs.

Other Previous Events

The Faculty of Science organised a professional development short course for science teachers held on 7th February, 2011. The program of activities included seminars on spectroscopy and its applications, and the new national chemistry curriculum, tours of the UNSW Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre and a laboratory session in the School of Chemistry.

In November 2007 the School of Chemistry ran a professional development day for High School Chemistry Teachers. Approximately 60 teachers attended to hear presentations about spectroscopy, 'green' chemistry, and electrochemistry and corrosion.

In 1999 and 2000 The School of Chemistry held a series of workshops on the (then) new HSC Chemistry Syllabus. The lecture notes from these workshops are available below, and the student activities materials are also available (see below). It should be noted that materials relating to the HSC syllabus are prepared for the assistance of teachers, but carry no guarantee of compliance with requirements of the Board of Studies.

Lecture notes (PDF) from the June, 2000 Year 12 HSC workshop for teachers:

Lecture notes (PDF) from the November, 1999 Year 11 HSC workshop for teachers: