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CHEM8048 Introduction to Teaching Skills for Postgraduates in Chemistry I

Module Overview

This module provides an induction to laboratory demonstration, grading, tutorials and feedback provision. It is compulsory for postgraduates who volunteer to work as Teaching Assistants (TA) in the School of Chemistry. This module should be taken concomitantly with Orientation to Teaching and Demonstration 1 (OTD 1, available online). The module aims to explain and practise the theory and practice of all aspects of laboratory demonstration, report grading and tutorial/workshop support. This course is mandatory for prospective teaching laboratory demonstrators. A similarly titled faculty course dealing with non-chemistry specific demonstrator training is not sufficient.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • An enhanced understanding of the basic theory behind teaching in chemistry, particularly in a role as teaching assistant in a practical chemistry setting.
  • To communicate effectively with UG students, technical and academic staff
  • To assess and provide constructive feedback to undergraduate students
  • To start reflecting critically on own academic practice
  • To support teaching in chemistry as a Teaching Assistant (TA)


This training supports new PG teachers starting as demonstrators, graders or seminar leaders in chemistry at the University of Southampton.  A typical laboratory setting  Typical laboratory tasks  Assessment methods  Feedback provision  Tutorial/workshop support  General practical demonstration  Course specific practical training  Report marking induction  Lab diary on feedback (Reflective learning)  Action on feedback from staff/UG All new doctoral researchers are going to be engaged in a defined Teaching Assistant role as part of this training, which forms part of their development and learning as PG student.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, demonstrations, role-play sessions and experiment trials. Learning-on-the-job as trainee teaching assistant.

Work based learning42
Independent Study25
Total study time75


Assessment Strategy

This module provides formative assessment only. There is not any summative assessment for this zero credit module.


MethodPercentage contribution
Attendance 100%
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