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GEOG3039 Ambassadors Scheme for Geographers

Module Overview

This module runs under the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (UAS) and provides an opportunity for students to act as ambassadors for their disciplines.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Standard teaching methods
  • Many of the key aspects of teaching in schools
  • Working in a challenging and unpredictable working environment
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Preparation of lesson plans and teaching materials
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Public speaking
  • Team-working
  • Handling difficult and potentially disruptive situations
  • Communication skills, both one to one and with an audience
  • Understanding the needs of individuals
  • Interpersonal skills when dealing with colleagues
  • Staff responsibilities and conduct
  • The ability to improvise
  • Organisational, prioritisation and negotiating skills
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Giving (and taking) feedback
  • Be able to assess and devise appropriate ways to communicate a difficult principle or concept

Syllabus

The module consists of (i) seminar classes with the module convenor, (ii) weekly placements at an assigned school, and (iii) various training activities. The first stage is for interested students to submit an application to take part in the module, the deadline for which will be at the start of semester 1. Following this, applications will be reviewed and students shortlisted will be invited for interview. Interviews will be held a few weeks into semester 1. Students who are successful at interview will be offered a place and will be required to complete a mandatory one-day training session which is coordinated by the central UAS team (this will likely be just before the Christmas vacation) to provide the student with an introduction to working with children and conduct in the school environment. In addition, students will be required to have an induction session at their school to go through school policy and local risk assessment procedures (start of semester 2). Students will also need to have a DBS check completed (costs covered by the AU). Students will be matched to schools and a specific teacher in the local area based on preferences. However, as places are competitive across academic units, we cannot guarantee all preferences will be met, so those interested in applying for the module need to be flexible with their requirements. The student will be required to spend half a day a week in the school every week for a semester; actual placement time needs to equate to 3-4 hours per session, with a total of 10-12 sessions at the school. A seminar series (six seminars) will accompany this module to introduce students to core teaching and learning theory, and allow for critical reflection upon ideas and experiences encountered during student placements. Seminars form a crucial component of the module and full attendance is required. In addition, students will get formative feedback through their journal entries; keeping an electronic journal is a requirement of the module, whereby students are required to write a short entry per session of their placement which critically reflects upon their experiences (full guidance on this will be given by the module convenor). The school class teachers will act as a primary source of guidance, but students will also be able to discuss their progress with the module convenor or the central UAS team whenever necessary.

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Independent Study80
Teaching70
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Reading materials. Reading materials will be assigned for some of the seminar sessions. Beyond this, there are no specific module texts as each placement will require a focus on different pools of literature. You will be guided by the module convenor on engaging with the literature via the seminars and your journals

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Presentation  (10 minutes) 25%
Report 15%
Special Project Report  (3500 words) 60%
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