Ms. M.N.K.de Zoysa

Senior Lecturer (G I)

Chemistry
Faculty of Natural Sciences
Senior Lecturer
Contact:

CRC,MRC, ..etc, 3rd floor, Science and Technology building, Room No : 302

Office: 112881450, Ext: ext 450 Mobile: +94776499364

Email: mnzoy@ou.ac.lk kumudinidezoysa@gmail.com


Academic Record

  • M Phil (Chemical Education), The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala (2009)
  • MA (Distance Education), Indira Gandhi National Open University, India (1998)
  • PGD (Distance Education), Indira Gandhi National Open University, India (1996)
  • Graduateship in Chemistry, Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon (1984)
  • Diploma in  English, Aquinas College of Higher Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka (1984)

Professional record

  • Senior Lecturer (Grade I) , Department of Chemistry, The Open University of Sri Lanka (2016- to date)
  • Head, Department of Chemistry,( 2015-2017)
  • Senior Lecturer (Grade II), Department of Chemistry, The Open University of Sri Lanka (2010-2016)
  • Lecturer (2005 – 2010)
  • Senior Educational Assistant (2000 – 2005)
  • Educational Assistant (Grade I) ,  (1993 –2000)
  • Educational Assistant (Grade II), (1987 –1993)
  • Demonstrator (1985 –1987)
Area of Specification:

Chemistry

Open and Distance Learning (ODL)

Research Intrests:

Chemical Education

Open and Distance Learning (ODL)

Course Coordination:
  • CYU3300 – Basic Principles of Chemistry I
  • CYU3201 – Basic Principles of Chemistry II
  • CYU4301 – Concepts in Chemistry (Uint III)
  • CMU1121 Practical Chemistry
  • CMU1220 Thermodynamics (Unit III)
  • CMU2220 Thermodynamics (Uit IV) and Practicals(Unit VI)
  • CYU6606
Awards:
  • Fellowship under the Rajiv Gandhi Scholarship Scheme sponsored by the Commonwealth of Learning to follow the PGD in Distance Education and MA in Distance Education, 1995
  • The second best performance in Graduateship in Chemistry, Part I Theory course conducted by the Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon, 1982

 

Ongoing Research:

Presently engaged in ODL research work

Publications:

Abstracts/ Conference Proceedings

  • Book Chapter – de Zoysa, M. N. K. & Hettiarachchi, S.R. (2020). Engagement of Learners in Discussion Forums. In S.P. Karunanayaka, & S. Naidu (Ed.s), Pathways to Open Educational Practices (pp. 56-82). Nawala, Nugegoda: The Open University of Sri Lanka.
  • Orchestrating  knowledge construction in peer facilitated online discussion forums. M.N.K. de Zoysa, S.R. Hettiarachchi, S.P. Karunanayaka & S. Naidu, Pan Commonwealth Forum (PCF9), 9th – 12th  September, 2019, Edinburgh, Scotland.http://oasis.col.org/bitstream/handle/11599/3247/PCF9_Papers_paper_241.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
  • Gender dependence of guessing in answering multiple choice questions in a physical chemistry course in the B.Sc. programme at the Open University of Sri Lanka. G Bandarage, M N K de Zoysa, K D V F SiriwardenaSouth Asia Conference on Multidisciplinary Research 2018, October , Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Gender dependence of guessing in multiple choice questions with negative marking in a physical chemistry course in a B.Sc programme. G Bandarage  and  M N K de Zoysa, 24th IUPAC International conference on Chemistry Education, 15th to 20th August 2016, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Assessing the prior knowledge and thinking skills of students related to glassware in an undergraduate practical chemistry course; A preliminary study. D. D. D. H. Alwis, G. Bandarage and M. N. K. De Zoysa, 24th IUPAC International conference on Chemistry Education, 15th to 20th August 2016,Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Assessment of the efficacy of the development of thinking skills of students in a non-traditional undergraduate chemistry laboratory class. G. Bandarage, M N K de Zoysa, A. S. DIKKUMBURA AND A. MAKANDU, International Conference on Chemical Education, Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, 3rd – 4th April, 2014, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Abstract p-23
  • Assessment of thinking skills in a non-traditional undergraduate chemistry laboratory class. G. Bandarage, M N K de Zoysa,   A S Dikkumbura and A Makandu, 10th Annual Academic Sessions of the Open University of  Sri Lanka, 27- 28 November 2013, Abstract  p-78
  • A novel approach in transforming a recipe driven laboratory class in chemistry to a thinking oriented laboratory class. G. Bandarage, M. N. K. de Zoysa, A. S. Dikkumbura and A. Makandu, International conference on Chemical Sciences, 41st Annual sessions of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, 20-22 June 2012, Abstract p-78
  • Evaluating the success of assessments of a level 3 chemistry course in the B.Sc degree programme of the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) as a tool of measuring the cognitive skills of students: a preliminary study. R.U.Tantrigoda, G.Bandarage, C.Nawaratne,   N.Nilakarawasam ,   J.C.N.Rajendra , B.K. L.Wickramasinghe , M.N.K.de Zoysa, International conference on Chemical Sciences, 41st Annual sessions of the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, 20-22 June 2012, Abstract p-77
  • A Preliminary study of the effectiveness of a novel instructional method in enhancing thinking skills in an undergraduate Chemistry experiment. M.N K.deZoysa, G.Bandarage, E.A.D.N.D.Edirisinghe, R.U.Tantrigoda, K.C.Weerakoon, 8th Annual Academic Sessions of the Open University of Sri Lanka, 14- 15 September 2011, p-315
  • A novel approach in transforming a recipe driven laboratory class in chemistry to a thinking oriented laboratory class. G. Bandarage, M. N. K. de Zoysa, A. S. Dikkumbura and A. Makandu, 8th Annual Academic Sessions of the Open University of Sri Lanka, 14- 15 September 2011, p-307
  • Effect of Continuous Assessment Tests with Multiple Choice Questions on motivation for meaningful learning. G Bandarage, M N K de Zoysa and L P Wijesinghe, 6th Annual Academic Sessions of the Open University of Sri Lanka, 15- 16 October 2009, p-8
  • Experience in offering a supplementary component of a course in the B.Sc. (Natural Science) degree programme through the WEB. G Bandarage and M N K de Zoysa, 22nd AAOU conference, Tianjin, China, Thesis abstracts, 2008, p-213
  • Student support to enhance ODL skills of new entrants: a case study with B.Sc. degree students following First year (Level 3)Chemistry course at the Open University of Sri Lanka. R U Tantrigoda and M N K de Zoysa, 21st AAOU conference, Kuala-Lumpur, Malaysia, Thesis abstracts, 2007, p-38
  • Study of criteria for the Special Degree in Chemistry in Sri Lankan Universities.M N K de Zoysa and J N O Fernando, 18th Annual Sessions of the Institute of Chemistry, Ceylon, Chemistry in Sri Lanka Vol 6 No 1, 1989, p-10

Books

  • Lesson Materials written for The Open University
    • CYU3201 – Unit I – Session 02 Real gases
    • CMU1121 – Session 01 Safety; Session 05 Thermochemistry
    • Foundation – Chemical equilibrium and Thermodynamics
    • Non-aqueous Solvents –PSU 2113 Inorganic Chemistry Level 4 course in 1987

 

 

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