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It was mentioned in part 4 that a self-study modular instruction on teaching inorganic nomenclature was piloted and have been proven effective.  However, the use of the module was not implemented.  Why was the modular instruction not implemented? Nobody has actually told me formally the real reason that it left me wondering.  So to hypothesize,  maybe it is more on the politics in the school, or maybe an influential faculty member challenged the modular instruction on the following reasoning:

The concepts of a single classroom study came about after my module, now a published book, Naming and Writing Simple Inorganic Chemical Formulas was piloted to see if modular instruction on inorganic nomenclature will work and eventually decide to implement the use of the said module with our students.
Memorizing the ions is one of the most challenging part of mastering the basics of inorganic nomenclature.  As I agree with Gerhand, Lind (1992), students of chemistry should master the naming and writing inorganic compounds. With this, I am suggesting the following aids that students and teachers of general chemistry may find helpful.

Like a plant that needs the right environment for it to grow healthy and bear fruits, FIER is believed to be more of use in a world that shares its supporting principles and theories.  That is referring to a supportive educational system.  What educational system would that be?
The educational system that is deemed supportive of FIER is the one that fosters the following principles:

Enhancing the marketability of the graduates and improving curricular programs are two of the main concerns of any academic department in a university. In line to this, the Department of Chemistry where I belong wanted to know the status of its graduates, hoping that it will reveal information relevant to enhancing the marketability of the graduates and on improving its B.Sc. in Chemistry curriculum.

How can FIER (pronounced as “fire”) be of use if the program or the course is already in existence?  This article addresses this question.

As we may recall, part 1 introduced FIER to have four (4) phases namely, Formulation, Implementation, Evaluation, and Review (or Revision).  The four phases in sequence are essential in order to start a new educational program or a new course offering.