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2005/06 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS3600 Physics in Schools

10 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr A M Voice
Email: a.m.voice@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2005/06

Pre-requisite qualifications

NOTE that all candidates will have to be vetted by the Govt authorities for their suitability to work in the school environment. Only students who pass this procedure will be allowed to continue with the module.

Pre-requisites

This is an optional module for Level 3 BSc or MPhys students in Physics.

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS3300, PHYS9001, PHYS3900

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

At the end of the module, students should be able to:
- plan and organise a physics-related presentation to or activity with a secondary school science class;
- collate information and create a well-reasoned, final report;
- defend their choice of approach to the teaching of specific concept(s) in physics/electronics at school level.

Skills outcomes
Develop teaching materials.
Present material in a way to engage secondary school pupils.
Time management.Develop teaching materials.
Present material in a way to engage secondary school pupils.
Time management.


Syllabus

We envisage that students taking this module:

- will be placed within a local secondary school/6th form college with a specific remit to help organise Physics activities within the school/6th form college, e.g. through science lessons or science clubs or, if desired to help school teachers establish such clubs.

- will, during their time with pupils in school, organise Physics-based project(s) with the aim of promoting the excitement of Physics in secondary school/6th form college students.

The specifics for each student will be decided in consultation between the student, host school teacher and the academic staff liaison.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Academic supervision and time allocation will involve:


Workshop delivered by Campus Connect/SEU's - Induction: 3 hours;


School/6th form college supervisor/mentor meetings - regular intervals: 4 hours;


Module tutor meetings - regular intervals: 4 hours.

Private study

Preparation of teaching materials and writing report: 50 hours;
Working in school: 25 hours;
Reflective log: 14 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular progress meetings within the school to be arranged between the student and the school teacher(s).
4 x 1 hour group meetings with an Academic supervisor.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

The assessment will be based on three things:
1. Staff-assessment of how well the student has succeeded in achieving the aims that were agreed at the outset and of the students general development during performance of duties (20%);
2. A presentation to the supervisor(s) and others of the work, describing the aims, approach, methods, results, conclusions, highlights and shortcomings (20%)
3. A written report (between 2000 - 3000 words) on the project (40%) This will include copies of all teaching/project materials.
4. Learning log summary (approx. 1000 words) summarising skills developed during the module, reflecting on your experiences (20%).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/04/2005

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