Computing in the Classroom - CO646

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5) MS J Carter


This module has no specific prerequisites but requires a general understanding of computing technology, as would be gained by completing Stage 1 of a computing related programme.


In the event of failure no alternative assessment will be available. Credit can only be retrieved by repeating the module. Where this is not appropriate the School of Computing reserves the right to require a student to take an alternative module.



Students will spend one half-day per week for ten weeks in a school with a nominated teacher. They will observe sessions taught by their designated teacher and possibly other teachers. Later they will act somewhat in the role of a teaching assistant, by helping individual pupils who are having difficulties or by working with small groups. They may take ‘hotspots’: brief sessions with the whole class where they explain a technical topic or talk about aspects of university life. They must keep a weekly log of their activities. Each student must also devise a special project in consultation with the teacher and with the module convener. They must then implement and evaluate the project.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

14 hours initial training and support classes, 36 hours placement time


Acceptance onto the module is by interview and is subject to confirmation of a school placement. Applicants will be asked to submit a brief summary of their reasons for choosing this module. The interview will include a short presentation by the student on some aspect of Computing. Selection will be on the basis of their ability to communicate technical material clearly together with a thoughtful approach to what they expect to gain from and contribute to the module, their ability to act as a role model and to represent the university in an outside organisation. Successful applicants will be subject to CRB checks.

Indicative reading

There is useful information on the UAS website, and students are advised to make good use of the site.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Ability to present technical material succinctly and clearly to a variety of audiences
Students will realise the importance of professional responsibility and will have followed professional guidelines
Understanding of the National Curriculum and the role of Computing within it.
Knowledge of the organisation within schools and the management of people within them

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