SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 10.00
ECTS Credit Points 5.00
Module Code MHG420037
Module Leader n/a
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Applied Computer Games
  • A (September start)-B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to gain academic credit by working as a teaching assistant and acting as a role model in a school. Each undergraduate student is paired with a Computing teacher in a local secondary school and works closely with them for approximately 20-30 hours in total.


WORKING WITH CHILDREN UNDERSTANDING THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM CLASSROOM OBSERVATION & ASSISTANCE -360b7 Lesson structure -360b7 Level of Computing taught b7 How to handle a class b7 Offering support in the classroom TEACHING ASSISTANCE -360b7 Delivery of assigned teaching tasks SCHOOL BASED WORKSHOP -360b7 Identify, plan and deliver an appropriate workshop. This will be devised in discussion with the teacher and the student's own assessment of what will interest the pupils they are working with EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES -360b7 Student may be supervised by the teacher to help run out-of-timetable activities such as a lunchtime Computing club, special coaching periods for higher ability pupils or organising a trip to a university department PROFESSIONAL ETHICS IN THE TEACHING OF COMPUTING -360b7 BCS Codes of Conduct/Practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:Successfully work in a challenging and unpredictable working environment-Understand the significant key processes of teaching Computing at school-Demonstrate an understanding of how the level of a pupil's Computing knowledge fits into their overall learning context in other subjects-Identify, plan and deliver a school based workshop within an appropriate area of Computing -Demonstrate the ability to formulate interesting ways to illustrate challenging Computing concepts-Demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics in the teaching of Computing

Teaching / Learning Strategy

There are no formal lectures associated with this module. Seminar based training sessions will provide the student with an overview of the school curriculum and an introduction to working with children and the level of Computing they will be participating in. A competitive interview system will be used to match students with appropriate local schools and Computing teacher. The teacher will act as mentor to the student during the module. The teacher will offer guidance to the student during the weekly interaction, and through feedback and liaison with a University tutor will individually determine the level of responsibility and pupil interaction to be expected of the student. Tutorial sessions will provide opportunities for students to informally peer review their delivery of selected workshops.

Indicative Reading

Material specific to the individual subject as advised by the teacher Ayres, R (1999), The Essence of Professional Issues in Computing, Prentice-Hall Bennett, H (2006) The Trainee Teacher's Survival Guide, Continuum Intl Pub Group BCS Code of Good Practice version 1, September 2004, Bynum, T.W., Rogerson, S. (2003), Computer Ethics and Professional responsibility: Introductory Text and Readings, WileyBlackwell Capel, S., Leask, M., Turner, T (2005) Learning to Teach in the Secondary School, Routledge, 4 th Edition Curriculum for Excellence Duquenoy, P., Jones, S., Blundell, B., (2008) Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Computing, Thomson Gordon T, Burch, N (2003) Teacher Effectiveness Training: The Program Proven to Help Teachers Bring out the Best in Students of All Ages <> Kyriacou, C (2001) Essential Teaching Skills Third Edition <>, Nelson Thornes Quinn, M (2005) Ethics for the Information Age, Pearson Education Rightmyer, J (2008) A Funny Thing About Teaching: Connecting with Kids Through Laughter... and Other Pointers for New Teachers <>, Cottonwood Press Sedgwick, F (2008) So You Want to be a School Teacher?: A Guide for Prospective Student Teachers <>, Sage Ltd Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme <Http://> Wright , T (2008) How to Be a Brilliant Trainee Teacher <>, Routledge

Transferrable Skills

-108 D1 Critical thinking and problem solving. D2 Cognitive/intellectual skills. D3 Knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject. D4 Learning style and orientation to learning. D5 Time management: organising and planning work. D6 Independent working. D7 Planning, monitoring, reviewing and evaluating own learning and development. D8 Self-marketing/self presentation skills. D9 Information retrieval skills. D11 Group working. D12 IT skills. D13 Communication skills, written, oral and listening. D14 Numeracy skills.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 10.00
Tutorials (FT) 48.00
Lectures (FT) 0.00
Practicals (FT) 0.00
Seminars (FT) 0.00
Independent Learning (FT) 42.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% Coursework