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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

Module Aims

CHEM8042 together with OTD1 provides an enhanced understanding of the basic theory behind teaching, particularly in a practical chemistry setting. The module describes the context of teaching and learning, and assessment at the University of Southampton; your own role in supporting teaching, learning, and assessment. It equips with an ability to locate relevant sources of information and advice to support your role; to embark on the creation and design of an effective learning environment; to develop ways of dealing with some challenging teaching matters; and it identifies good practice in constructive feedback.

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.

Special Features

Induction to laboratory demonstration, grading, tutorials and feedback provision – ITSPG 1, OTD 1&2/CHEM

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

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

Independent Study25
Work based learning42
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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