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Applied Sciences Education Research Group (ASERG)
Faculty of Applied Sciences (FSG)
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, MALAYSIA

"The strongest arguments prove nothing so long as the conclusions are not verified by experience. Experimental science is the queen of sciences and the goal of all speculation." Roger Bacon

"I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me". - Isaac Newton

"Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know".- Bertrand Russell


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Associate Professor Dr. Jaafar Jantan
a.k.a. Dr. J.J.
  • Born June 21st, 1961 in Malacca, West Malaysia.
High Schools: 
  • St. David's High School, Bukit Bahru ('74-'76) 
  • Sekolah Menengah Sains Melaka (Sek. Menengah Muzaffar Syah), Air Keroh ('77-'78)
  • Sek. Dato' Abdul Razak, Seremban ('79)
But just call me

Tertiary Education

  • Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas ('80-85; '91-94)
  • Temenggong Ibrahim Teacher's College, Johor Bahru ('86).

Present & Past Position:

  • Vice-Chairman, Asian Physics Education Network (ASPEN), UNESCO (2007 - present)
  • Chairman, Asian Physics Education Network (ASPEN), Malaysia (SKUM-MOSTI) (2007 - present)
  • Chair, Outcome-Based Education (OBE), FSG, UiTM (Jan 2007-Dec 2010)
  • OBTL consultant and Facilitator (OBE curriclum design, OBTLA & constructive alignment) (2007 - present)
  • Certified Coach (Heart of Coaching by AKEPT-MOHE-Crane Consultant) (June 2010 - present)
  • Faculty Member, Physics Dept., Faculty of Applied Sciences,UiTM, Shah Alam, Selangor, MALAYSIA ('87 - present).


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UiTM, FSG, interactive engagement in learning thermodynamics, industrial chemistry, applied chemistry, teaching portfolio for Dr. J.J., Course Outline, Peer Facilitating Learning-Cycle Instruction, Collaborative Learning, Specific Operational Objectives, Facilitators Notes


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Academic Qualification
Kelulusan Akademik

Ph.D., Physics Education
Kansas St University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA (supervised by Prof. Dean Zollman)
Dec 1994
M.Sc., Condensed Matter Physics
Kansas St University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
Thesis: "Magnetic Phase Transitions in Gadolinium-Rich Magnetic Glasses"
Dec 1985
B.Sc., Physics
Kansas St University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA
May 1983
Post Graduate Teaching Certificate
Temenggong Ibrahim Teacher Training College, Johor Bahru Johor, West Malaysia
Dec 1986

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Lecture/Discussion:    2 hours/week

Laboratory:                3 hours/week

This course  interactively engage students in the cognitive and the psychomotor (science) domain in areas of mechanics (solid & gaseous) and thermodynamics. It begins with concepts of basic and derived physical quantities, units, multiplication factors, units, dimensions followed by activities involving concepts of measurements and the treatment of errors and error analysis in measurements. Concepts of position, clock reading, position change, time interval, distance and displacement is then introduced along with the concepts of scalar and vector quantities in describing events. Flash animation and JAVA simulations found in PHeT and other supplementary websites are used to visualize these concepts. Concepts of average speed, velocity acceleration are explored through engagement using animations, peer engagement and classroom engagement.


This course will address MOHE Learning Outcomes LO1 (Knowledge), LO2 (Practical Skills), LO4 (Communication Skills).. On completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the concepts, laws and theories in mechanics and thermodynamics using a combination of the qualitative, visual and quantitative approach. (LO1-C2).

  2. Plan, observe, predict, conduct and record  scientific investigations as well as using spreadsheet to analyze data in areas of mechanics and thermodynamics. (LO2-P3).

  3. Discuss and communicate outcomes of scientific investigations in areas of mechanics (kinematics, Newtonian principles & fluid dynamics)  and introductory thermodynamics (LO4-CS3).

Nurturing of CLO2 & CLO3 will be done in the laboratory section. Evidences of CLO2 CLO3 attainment will be collected through observation (by instructor = 5%), lab notebook (periodic check every other week = 5%) and lab reports (2 reports, 5% each)).




"What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing." -Aristotle

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 Physics by Cutnell & Johnson 7th edition (algebra based)., John Wiley &Sons, Inc. bundled with WileyPlus



 Fundamental of Physics by Halliday, Resnick, Walker;6th or 7th Ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Simulation Software (download free on internet:  http://phet.colorado.edu/new/get_phet/index.php PHET Physics Education Technology, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder)  

Other websites include

  1. The Physics Classroom,

  2. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com:8100/legacy/college/halliday/0471320005/simulations6e/ and

  3. IHMC CmapTools



This class will use the constructivist rather than the behaviorist approach of learning. It aims to develop deep learning (deep understanding and life-long retention) and minimize on surface learning (memorization). This course will employ a combination of interactive lecture and cooperative learning technique, a form of active learning method utilizing the Prediction-Observation-Discussion-Synthesis (PODS) Learning Cycle. Volumes of research in science learning have concluded that students employing active-learning not only have significantly better understanding and retention of the subject matter but also will be able to solve problems involving numerical calculations with better approach and more exact solution.

Hence, conceptual knowledge will be strongly stressed especially during peer group discussions before getting involved with end -of-chapter exercises. Problems requiring numerical results can easily be solved with full confidence ONLY if students have sound scientific reasoning abilities encompassing all the ideas and concepts. For this reason, peer discussions (cooperative learning) will be used along with concept maps and reading summaries before a formal interactive lecture (reinforcement) is given.

In addition, other teaching and learning tools such as tools to identify learning styles, initial beliefs (common-sense beliefs or misconceptions) about electricity and magnetism, will be used to probe cognitive skill readiness of the students (metacognition). Furthermore, digitized lectures, samples of solutions to end-of-chapter problems, simulations and other teaching and learning tools will be made available on the internet for students to view, download, print and share with their peers. Information and Communication Tools (ICT) will be fully incorporated in developing studentsí understanding in the subject matter and as part of life-long learning in becoming knowledgeable and autonomous workers (k-workers) in the information age.

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