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CHEM8049 Introduction to Teaching Skills for Postgraduates in Chemistry II

Module Overview

This course aims to further develop the confidence of PG researchers in their teaching practice. Participants will reflect on their experiences, keep a teaching diary and engage in peer observations. They will critically evaluate their learning, improve their practice and share their insights. This is the third part of training for all doctoral researchers who are employed as teaching assistants in the School of Chemistry. It is for demonstrators, graders or seminar leaders who have completed OTD 1 and CHEM8042, or are about to complete CHEM8042. This module will lead to a portfolio application (descriptor D1) to advanceHE / HEA and after successful HEA panel evaluation to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AF-HEA). This session is for Doctoral researchers who have completed ‘Induction to Teaching Skills for Postgraduates in Chemistry – Induction to laboratory demonstration, grading, and feedback provision – ITSPG 1/CHEM’ and have subsequently gained some demonstrating or teaching experience.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

You will already have gained some experience in supporting teaching and learning in laboratory demonstration, grading work or seminar/tutorial leading; ideally in a previous semester. CHEM8043 aims at critical reflection and improvement of your practice as teaching assistant in the School of Chemistry, based on the background of established pedagogic literature and your own educational practice. This will then lead to compiling a D1 portfolio to HEA at the end of the course and an application for AF-HEA.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the more advanced theory behind teaching in chemistry, particularly in a role as teaching assistant.
  • Reflect on own and peer practice and formulate an action plan for improvements
  • Collate and submit a D1 portfolio application for associate membership of the higher education academy (AFHEA, Associate Fellow of HEA)


Identify the skills required for the effective delivery of teaching and learning, and assessment; This training supports experienced PG researchers in identifying the skills required for the effective delivery of teaching and learning, and assessment; reflecting on your teaching experience and current level of skill and identifying areas for improvement. It will support you in articulating professional values through: • An induction lecture • Peer-observations • Lesson/teaching activity planning • Skills mapping • Portfolio collation and submission • Self-study The Vitae Researcher Development Framework and the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) forms the basis of this module, which is led by a Senior Fellow of HEA.

Special Features

Induction to further reflective practice – ITSPG 2, OTD 3/CHEM

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lecture, self-study, teaching assistant work, reflection and peer assessment/feedback, face-to-face mentoring, portfolio collation.

Work based learning65
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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