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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2007-2008 (archived)

Module EDUC30940: Understanding Secondary Classrooms (Chemistry)

Department: Education

EDUC30940: Understanding Secondary Classrooms (Chemistry)

Type Tied Level 3 Credits 40 Availability Available in 2007/08 Module Cap
Tied to X7K314


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To critically understand a secondary curriculum subject and generic educational issues and their relationship to secondary children and classrooms.
  • To critically apply the ideas to classroom practice.


  • The course will be structured around intensive study of the following topics focussing on their impact on the Secondary school classroom:
  • The professional responsabilities of the teacher;
  • The National Curriculum and other educational directives;
  • The nature and practice of classroom management;
  • Planning for effective teaching and learning;
  • The place of language in learning, including for those pupils with English as an additional language;
  • Planning for assessment in the Secondary curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
    Subject-specific Skills:
    • On completion of the module students will be able to: critically understand a range of secondary curriculum subject-based and generic educational issues and their relationship to secondary children and classrooms;
    • critically apply the ideas to classroom practice.
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

      • Lectures, workshops and seminars, including presentations from the students. Normally, a lecture will introduce a particular topic, and will then be followed up in seminar groups, and in schools during regular visits.

      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Lectures 10 1 hour
      Seminars 10 2 hours
      Preparation and Reading
      Total 400

      Summative Assessment

      Component: A Portfolio of Evidence Component Weighting: 100%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      A Portfolio of Evidence 2000 words 100%

      Formative Assessment:

      Preliminary feedback on the portfolio and assignment above.

      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University