Communicating STEM (899S0)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

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 (5-18). This module has been designed to encourage more Physics and Maths Undergraduates to think about a career in teaching following their University studies. It has received funding from the NCTL and is viewed by the NCTL as a good way to bridge the gap between University and a profession in teaching.

The module begins with an exploration of the features, and types of scientific explanations. This is then applied to the types of learner from primary and secondary school and to those who have special needs. The skills of good scientific explanations are then developed through engaging with common misconceptions, progression of scientific ideas and those concepts that are particularly troublesome to grasp. This will be underpinned by engaging with two key learning theories. 

The final sessions will bring these ideas together and develop knowledge and understanding of questioning, models and modelling of scientific concepts and processes to aid effective explanations.

Teaching

100%: Seminar

Assessment

100%: Practical (Portfolio, Presentation)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 128 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: