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Module Title LH Physics Teaching in Schools
SchoolPhysics and Astronomy
Department Physics & Astronomy
Module Code 03 19123
Module Lead Dan Cottle
Level Honours Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions Available in all Physics programmes
Contact Hours Practical Classes and workshops-6 hours
Fieldwork-30 hours
Guided independent study-70 hours
Placement-33 hours
Total: 139 hours

This module provides an opportunity for Year 3 students to gain firsthand experience of science education through a mentoring scheme with science teaching in local secondary schools. Each student will work with classes for half a day every week for a full semester of about 10 weeks. The classes will vary from key stage 3 to sixth form. Students will be selected by interview for their commitment and suitability for working in schools, and will be given a range of responsibilities from classroom assistance to self-originated special projects.

Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Understand the needs of individual learners in a science classroom;
  • Use standard teaching methods;
  • Develop interpersonal skills, appreciate staff responsibilities and demonstrate communication skills;
  • Prepare lesson plans and teaching materials at an appropriate level;
  • Gain a deeper insight into a particular area of Physics Education by working on an individual project.
Assessment 19123-01 : Oral Presentation : Coursework (30%)
19123-02 : Assignment : Coursework (40%)
19123-03 : Assignment Proposal : Coursework (20%)
19123-04 : Log Book : Coursework (10%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 10% weekly short written reflections
20% proposal for written report (~500 words)
30% reflective oral presentation
40% written report (~2000 words)
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