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ID4001   Communication and Teaching in Science

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Available only to Senior Honours students (Integrated Masters students may take in Senior Honours or their final year) who have been accepted following application and interview in the preceding semester.

Planned timetable: Flexible

This module is based on the Undergraduate Ambassador Scheme launched in 2002. It provides final year students within the Faculty of Science with the opportunity to gain first hand experience of science education through a mentoring scheme with science teachers in local schools. Students will act initially as observers in the classroom and later as classroom assistants. With permission of the teacher-in-charge, students may also be given the opportunity to lead at least one lesson, or activity within a lesson, during their placement. This module will enable students to gain substantial experience of working in a challenging and unpredictable working environment, and of communicating scientific ideas at various different levels; and to gain a broad understanding of many of the key aspects of teaching science in schools. While of particular value to students aiming for a career in education, these core skills are equally important for any career that requires good communication. Entry to this module is by selection following application and interview during the preceding semester.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to final year students who have been accepted following application and interview in the preceding semester

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Occasional tutorials and a half-day training session. 25 hours contact time in the placement school over the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 39

Guided independent study hours: 101

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100% comprising: Written report on the placement (35%) Teacher's assessment of student's placement (25%) Oral presentation (30%) Project proposal (10%)

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 70%
Coursework: 30%

Re-assessment: No Re-assessment available


Module teaching staff: Dr A Naughton, Dr C Rose, Dr B Chalmers, Dr T Gloster, Dr R Letham, Dr M Campbell, Dr B Sinclair, and visiting speakers (TBC)

Additional information from school

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