Computing Science In The Classroom (H) COMPSCI4017

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Computing Science
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to develop in students a better understanding of and confidence in Computing Science/Software Engineering as a subject; provide students with an awareness and experience of operating as a teacher and facilitator in a school environment; enable students to develop a set of key transferable skills such as reflecting on critical incidents, analysis, developing coherent arguments, communication, planning and so on; promote better relations between schools and university computing; heighten pupils' awareness of the many forms of computing, including its forms as academic discipline (computing science), distinctive profession (software engineering) and as a ubiquitous family of skills (ICT).

Timetable

To be arranged with students.

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

None 

Co-requisites

None 

Assessment

Assignment (reflective learning journal) 20%, Oral Presentation 10%, Project 50% and other coursework (conduct assessment by both placement teacher and university staff) 20%.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

 

The coursework cannot be redone because it requires a classroom of pupils, impossible to generate over the summer.

Course Aims

This course aims to develop in students a better understanding of and confidence in Computing Science/Software Engineering as a subject; provide students with an awareness and experience of operating as a teacher and facilitator in a school environment; enable students to develop a set of key transferable skills such as reflecting on critical incidents, analysis, developing coherent arguments, communication, planning and so on; promote better relations between schools and university computing; heighten pupils' awareness of the many forms of computing, including its forms as academic discipline (computing science), distinctive profession (software engineering) and as a ubiquitous family of skills (ICT).

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

1. Accommodate the specific needs of individuals;

2. Display interpersonal skills when dealing with colleagues;

3. Discuss staff responsibilities and professional levels of conduct;

4. Improvise and adapt to the needs of a class;

5. Giving and take feedback during discussions;

6. Organisational, prioritisation and negotiating skills;

7. Handle difficult and potentially disruptive situations;

8. Speak in public and communication with people at different levels of expertise;

9. Work in teams;

10. Apply standard teaching methods in a classroom setting;

11. Prepare lesson plans and teaching materials;

12. Use Computing/Information Systems curricula to inform development of lessons;

13. Develop appropriate learning materials for a selected topic in Computing;

14. Organise and conduct a workshop session with pupils, based on the proven Computing Science Inside style of workshop materials.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.