Undergraduate Course: Science Education Placement: Chemistry (40 credits) (CHEM10044)
|School||School of Chemistry
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||An 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.
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.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Placement Study Abroad Hours 400,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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 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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- appreciate key aspects of teaching chemistry in a school environment;
- 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;
- 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;
- deliver a formal oral presentation on the context, output and impact of their work suitable for a chemically-literate but non-specialist audience;
- 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.
|Suggested reading and helpful resources are detailed in the course book.|
|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
||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 organiser||Prof Michael Seery
Tel: (0131 6)50 47 13
|Course secretary||Mrs Moira Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4754