Researching STEM (899S1)
15 credits, Level 6
This module aims to develop the skills and understanding required for explaining scientific concepts to a range of audiences, with a particular focus on school aged pupils (11-18). At the start of the module there will be a lecture and a seminar to introduce the project. Tutorials will follow to aid the student with their research project.
The module will involve time in an educational institution carrying out a minor research project based on an aspect of science communication. You will consider an area of interest, relating to communicating STEM, and carry out some literature-based research. You will then design and carry out a small research project. This is likely to be based on a small number of class observations in a chosen school, possibly with some intervention activities that you would evaluate based on your literature review.
Assessment is in the form of a written assignment, to include a literature review and evaluations of observations (from the educational institution) based on theory.
Teaching and assessment
We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.
Contact hours and workload
This module is approximately 160 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 138 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.
We’re planning to run this module in the academic year 2020/21. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.
This module is offered on the following courses:
- Astrophysics MPhys
- Mathematics (research placement) MMath
- Mathematics BSc
- Mathematics MMath
- Physics (research placement) MPhys
- Physics (with an industrial placement year) BSc
- Physics (with an industrial placement year) MPhys
- Physics BSc
- Physics MPhys
- Physics with Astrophysics BSc
- Physics with Astrophysics MPhys
- Theoretical Physics BSc
- Theoretical Physics MPhys