What is a practical class?
There are two important aspects of practical classes:
For many subjects, ‘doing’ is an important part of the knowledge. You learn about the ‘doing’ part in practical class.
In practical classes you have to apply the theories in practical situations. Activity
Have a look at the diagram below…
Each suggested action (small bullet points in 3 rectangular boxes) helps you attain one or more learning goals (big bullet points in the middle big circle) – Can you see how they are related? Draw a line to link them up! SUGGESTED ACTIONS
Before a practical class…
Understand the objectives of the practical work
Relate the practical work to the concepts
introduced in lectures.
Read related materials, such as the guide for the
practical work, background theories, etc.
Some LEARNING GOALS:
Deepen understanding of theories
by seeing how they really work in a
Develop practical skills for the
profession, for example, skills in
observation, collecting and handling
Gain experience with the real things
in practice, for example equipment,
samples, real clients, etc.
Learn to think and analyse.
Learn to observe carefully and
During a practical class…
Play an active role in doing the work and
applying the concepts.
Work together with your classmates,
question each other and share ideas and
Observe carefully and jot down what
After a practical class…
Think about what/how you learned and
see what/how to improve yourself in
When you write a report:
- Analyse the data/information
collected for meanings;
- Relate the results to existing
theories and argue for your
- Discuss the errors/uncertainties in
depth and comment on the
limitation of the practical work;
- Make recommendations for
improving the practical work
based on observation and
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