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2011/12 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM3600 Chemistry into Schools

10 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr A F Taylor
Email: A. F.

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

Year running 2011/12

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS2025Enterprise into Schools

This module is not approved as an Elective


- To allow students to work in collaboration with a secondary school/college outside the University on a project relevant to their academic study for a degree in Chemistry and the needs of the school/college.
- To allow students to design, negotiate and manage their work in co-operation with an academic supervisor and a member of staff from the school/college.
- To encourage school pupils to participate actively in Chemistry-based project(s) in collaboration with university students.
- To raise the profile of Chemistry as an exciting, challenging and rewarding discipline to study at University.


Students taking this module will be placed within a local secondary school/college via Campus Connect with a specific remit to help organise Chemistry activities within the school e.g. through Chemistry/science lessons or Chemistry/science clubs or, if desired to help school teachers establish such clubs.

The student will, during their time with pupils in school, organise a Chemistry-based project(s) with the aim of promoting the excitement of Chemistry in secondary school students.

Projects may involve Y7-Y9 (KS3) and/or GSCE-level (KS4) Chemistry enrichment work and/or AS/A2- level enrichment work as appropriate to the needs of the school.

In addition to the formal elements of assessment of our students as outlined below, we envisage the syllabus to include a Science into Schools Day, where the University students can bring groups of school pupils into the Department of Chemistry to take part in inspiring science activities, experiments and demonstrations.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Teaching/Classroom Assisting130.0030.00
Private study hours52.00
Total Contact hours48.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

8 hours - presentation preparation time
25 hours - research and preparation time for teaching materials
5 hours - revising/evaluating materials
14 hours - report writing.

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 meetings with an Academic supervisor to be arranged with the student.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportA summary report (approximately 1000 words) of your Learning Log Book of skills developed during the module, reflecting and evaluating on your progress and experiences.20.00
In-course AssessmentStaff-assessment of how well the student has succeeded in achieving the aims that were agreed at the outset and of the student's general develoopment during the performance of duties20.00
PresentationA presentation to the supervisor(s) and others of the work, describing the aims, approach, methods, results, conclusions, highlights and shortcomings20.00
ReportA written report (between 2,000 - 2,500 words) based on the Special School Project. This should include copies of all teaching resources and materials produced for the School.40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/04/2012


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