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BI4019: BIOLOGISTS' SCHOOLS AMBASSADOR SCHEME (2022-2023)

Last modified: 04 Oct 2022 14:10


Course Overview

An opportunity to gain first-hand experience in communicating biological sciences to young people in a school or other educational setting

A chance to develop skills for the classroom or other educational settings, supervised and encouraged by experienced school teachers.

Course grades are derived from four activity areas: log book, teacher evaluation, presentation, end-of-course report

Accumulate a set of transferable professional experience and skills that are likely to enhance employability.

Note that this course is thin thread.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Full Year Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor M Pinard

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of BSc Biology (Studied) or BSc Conservation Biology (Studied) or BSc Zoology (Studied) or BSc Animal Ecology (Studied) or BSc Marine Biology (Studied) or Bachelor Of Science In Animal Behaviour And Welfare (Studied) or BSc Animal Behaviour (Studied) or BSc Behavioural Biology (Studied) or MSci Biological Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biological Sciences (Honours) (Studied) or BSc Plant and Soil Sciences (Studied) or BSc Biology - Education (Primary) (Studied) or Bachelor Of Science In Environmental And Forest Management (Studied) or BSc Ecology (Studied) or BSc Forestry (Studied) or BSc Forest Sciences (Studied) or BSc Environmental Science (Studied)
  • Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Biology (BI) or Ecology (EK) or Environmental Sciences (EV) or Forestry (FY) or Plant Science (PL) or Zoology (ZO)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

The course is intended for (a) those who are considering a career in school science teaching or public engagement, or (b) those who are wanting to sample teaching as an experience and want to acquire a set of transferable skills. Placements can be offered in either local primary or secondary schools, in museums, or possibly in a higher education setting.

This work-place orientated course is organised under the auspices of the nationally recognised Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme (UAS, https://uas.ac.uk/). Currently, 58 universities (including Russell Group institutions) in the UK and Ireland are participating in the scheme. The School of Biological Sciences is the first department in the University of Aberdeen to take part in UAS.

The campus-based part of the course will then help you to develop suitable classroom materials. This will be done in collaboration with teachers in a local school (primary or secondary) or in other educational setting that matches your interests. In the delivery phase, you will work as a teaching assistant to deliver practical activities under the supervision of the class/subject teacher or other professional.

You will be given guidance and support from experienced biology or class teachers in local schools. Support and training will also begiven by staff based at the University of Aberdeen. The course coordinators are university academics who are also experienced school teachers. One coordinator has been a schools examiner and writer in secondary biology. Staff at the Aberdeen Biodiversity Centre (ABC) have extensive experience in collaborating with local teachers and in creating innovative classroom experiences in the natural sciences.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 40

More Information about Week Numbers


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Presentation to group

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks 41 Feedback Weeks 43

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Feedback

Informal verbal feedback during discussions, followed by individualised written feedback.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluateShare a personal experience of teaching with others on the course, to reflect on professional development, to focus on an area of ‘special interest’ and to comment on others’ presentations.

Teacher's Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks 41 Feedback Weeks 43

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Feedback

Written by the school.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralApplyAcquire feedback from professional practitioners in teaching and in science communication.

Log book: individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks 41 Feedback Weeks 43

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Feedback

Verbal and written feedback from teacher overseeing delivery of teaching activities

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionCreateComplete a logbook intended to be a dynamic ‘companion’ throughout the course. Students should to plan, record (where possible in real time) and reflect on personal and academic journey in teaching

Reflective Report

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks 41 Feedback Weeks 43

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Feedback

Written feedback

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionAnalyseDemonstrate skills in summarising, integrating and reflecting on the overall experience of the course

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionEvaluateShare a personal experience of teaching with others on the course, to reflect on professional development, to focus on an area of ‘special interest’ and to comment on others’ presentations.
ProceduralApplyAcquire feedback from professional practitioners in teaching and in science communication.
ReflectionAnalyseDemonstrate skills in summarising, integrating and reflecting on the overall experience of the course
ReflectionCreateComplete a logbook intended to be a dynamic ‘companion’ throughout the course. Students should to plan, record (where possible in real time) and reflect on personal and academic journey in teaching

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