CH3PRE-BSc Chemistry Education Project

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Part 2 BSc Chem or similar
Co-requisites: Part 3 Chemistry
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Philippa Cranwell


Type of module:

Summary module description:
To give students the experience of chemistry education through a mentoring scheme carried out with chemistry teachers in local schools.

To give students the experience of chemistry education through a mentoring scheme carried out with chemistry teachers in local schools. To help students gain confidence in communicating their subject and to develop strong organisational skills. To enable students to understand how to address the learning needs of pupils and devise and develop suitable teaching aids to engage pupils at the relevant level. To inspire a new generation of prospective undergraduates by providing role models for school pupils. To help teachers by providing an assistant who can work with and support pupils at any point on the ability spectrum.
Students should be able to search the literature and write a review on some aspect of educational research or practice.
Only a limited number of places are available and interested students will be encouraged to apply by a standard procedure, will attend an interview and will be selected on the basis of their commitment and suitability for working in schools.

Assessable learning outcomes:
Students will gain a broad understanding of many of the key practical aspects of teaching chemistry in schools. Students should be able to plan, resource and deliver a selected teaching activity. Students will have gained experience of explaining and answering questions on chemistry at all relevant levels and demonstrating certain aspects of practical chemistry in front of groups of pupils. Students will be expected to closely analyse a particular problem or learning issue, to carry out an in depth study, collect results and draw conclusions. As well as a daily log and lesson plans, students will be expected to produce a full report on the project, referring to the literature where appropriate and drawing conclusions. They should be able to present their results in a logical and legible form in their written report, to give an oral presentation of their work, be capable of discussing their project report in a viva and able to respond to questions on their presentation.

Additional outcomes:
Students will gain an understanding of the secondary education system and the key aspects of teaching science in schools. Students will further develop a range of transferable skills including, oral and written communication skills, public speaking and presentation skills, team working and interpersonal and organisational skills. In addition students should develop an understanding the needs of individuals, an appreciation of staff responsibilities and conduct and the ability to improvise. They will learn how to prioritise and negotiate and may have to practise handling difficult and potentially disruptive situations.

Outline content:
Students will be assigned to work with a member of staff from the providing department and the school. Students will be given basic training in working in a school environment. Initial contact in the school will be in an observational role as a classroom assistant. Following this the teacher will assign the student specific teaching tasks. Students will carry out an individual project designed to demonstrate that the student can analyse a particular teaching and learning problem and devise and prepare appropriately targeted teaching materials. A full description of the module content, delivery and assessment is given in the Appendix to this module description.

Link librarian and, Dr AM Squires/Dr RA Bennett(3 hours lectures) Library Skills
An introduction to critical literature analysis for preparation for project work and literature review. A description of facilities.
E.M. Page (3 hours) Training Session
Preparation for working in schools, what to expect in the project, how to prepare, introductions to link teachers and first visit to school.
Teaching scheduled for the Summer term will take place following the examination period of the Part 3 year.
Four group seminars will be held during the course of the year to share experiences, discuss progress and practise report giving.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Approx 9 hours work/week (to include time in school, preparation and journal and report writing).

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6
Seminars 2 2
Guided independent study 72 72 66
Placement 90 90
Total hours by term 164.00 164.00 72.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Dissertation 75
Oral assessment and presentation 25

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Relative percentage of coursework : 100 % Performance during the project (Teacher’s Assessment) 5% Log book/journal and coursework materials (Supervisor’s mark) 30% Special project report (First and second assessors’ mark) 40% Assessment of final oral presentation (Supervisor and Assessor) 25%

Formative assessment methods:
An interim report is required at the start of the Spring term. Supervisors will give feedback on this report.

Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:
• where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;
• where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadine. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
An overall mark of 40%.

Reassessment arrangements:
It is not possible to retake this module in the same format. If a student fails the programme overall, reassessment will be by re-submission of the project report and an oral examination in August.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding: Students should be expected to pay approx. £20.00 for 2 bound copies on a 70 page double sided document.
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Costs incurred on this module include travel to and from school by public transport or students’ own transport.
Up to £50 a year can be claimed from the Department to cover travel costs on the production of appropriate receipts for students on placement outside of Reading (i.e. with journeys that incur costs over their normal daily travel costs).

Last updated: 21 August 2018


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