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Undergraduate Course: Science Education Placement: Chemistry (40 credits) (CHEM10044)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryAn extended school placement offering the opportunity to gain first hand experience of secondary school science education.

The placement may form part of the final year Honours curriculum for students on any of the BSc degree programmes in Chemistry.
Course description The course consists of:

completion of pre-classroom training materials,

preparation and delivery of a presentation on the structure of the curriculum in Scottish schools and the content of the chemistry awards,

a literature survey based on aspects of the school Chemistry/Science teaching,

an average of 6 hours per week "in school" activities for 15 weeks,

development of teaching support materials for "in school" work,

preparation of a report on support materials and classroom experience,

preparation and delivery of a presentation on the outcomes of the placement.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005) AND Chemistry 3B (CHEM09006) AND Chemistry 3P Practical and Transferable Skills (CHEM09007)) OR ( Chemical Physics 3S1 (CHPH09007) AND Chemical Physics 3S2 (CHPH09006) AND CP3 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (CHPH09005))
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking MChem Introduction to Research Methods (CHEM10029) OR BSc Chemistry Research Project/Transferable Skills Course (CHEM10043) OR MChemX Research Project (CHEM11029) OR MChem Research Project (CHEM11040) OR Chemistry 4P (Semester 1) (CHEM10053) OR Chemistry 4P (Semester 2) (CHEM10054) OR Chemical Physics 4P (CHPH10005)
Other requirements Must include a weighted average of Grade D or higher in Chemistry 3A and Chemistry 3B, at the first attempt; OR a weighted average of Grade D or higher in all Chemical Physics 3 courses with degree examinations, at the first attempt; OR with the permission of Head of School.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Placement Study Abroad Hours 400, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course is assessed on the basis of an oral presentation, a written report and an assessment of the classroom activity by the teacher supervising the placement in the host school. Full details of each element of the assessment and the corresponding performance descriptors and given in the course book.
Feedback Feedback on progress throughout the placement is available from both the teacher supervising the work in the host school and the university supervisor. There are several opportunities for feedback from both staff and peers on oral presentation skills and feedback on the written elements is delivered as comments on the literature survey and substantive feedback on the final draft of the report prior to submission.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. appreciate key aspects of teaching chemistry in a school environment;
  2. demonstrate transferable skills in areas such as: public speaking and communication, team working, interpersonal skills in dealing with pupils and colleagues, personal responsibility and conduct, standard teaching methods;
  3. prepare and deliver teaching materials based on advanced topics in a manner designed to be accessible to school students and to inspire interest and enthusiasm for the discipline;
  4. deliver a formal oral presentation on the context, output and impact of their work suitable for a chemically-literate but non-specialist audience;
  5. write a detailed report suitable for use by peers, senior colleagues and others specialists that demonstrates an understanding of the significance of the work undertaken, and critical analysis of your placement experience.
Reading List
Suggested reading and helpful resources are detailed in the course book.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories

The ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution

Skills in communicating scientific material and arguments

Communication skills, covering both written and oral communication with a variety of audiences

Skills in the employment of common conventions and standards in scientific writing, data presentation, and referencing literature

Information location and retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, and the ability to assess the quality of information accessed

Information technology skills which support the location, management, processing, analysis and presentation of scientific information

Basic interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in teamworking

Time management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective ways of working

Skills needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional nature
Special Arrangements Acceptance onto the course is conditional on prior Protecting Vulnerable Groups scheme membership. Assistance with PVG membership application will be provided.
Additional Class Delivery Information The early weeks of the course consist of a series of presentations and group discussions/activities in preparation for the time with the host school. Thereafter approximately 6 hours per week for 15 weeks are spent in the school at times to be arranged in agreement with the supervising school teacher.
Course organiserDr Michael Seery
Tel: (0131 6)50 47 13
Course secretaryMrs Moira Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4754
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