Computing in the Classroom - COMP6460

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Janet Carter checkmark-circle


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.


Contact hours

Lectures, classes and initial training: 14 hours
Time in school: 36 hours
Private study: 100 hours
Total study hours: 150 hours

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Weekly logs (25%)
P1 Report and portfolio (35%)
P2 Project presentation (25%)
P3 Teacher Assessment (15%)

Reassessment methods
Like for like where possible. Due to the nature of this module, and safeguarding issues relating to outside contact involving interaction with children, it is not necessarily possible to retrieve credit for this module. A different module must be chosen as a replacement if the failure is related to the actual placement.

Indicative reading

About UAS:
Information on the National Curriculum:

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Ability to present technical material succinctly and clearly to a variety of audiences
8.2 Students will realise the importance of professional responsibility and will have followed professional guidelines
8.3 Understanding of the National Curriculum and the role of Computing within it.
8.4 Knowledge of the organisation within schools and the management of people within them

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Acting within a team, maintaining effective working relationships with teachers and pupils.
9.2 Communication skills, written and oral, both one to one and with an audience. [D2]
9.3 Ability to make effective use of general IT facilities to support their activities. [D3]
9.4 Understanding the needs of individuals.
9.5 Organisational, prioritisation, time management and negotiating skills. [D5]
9.6 Self analysis and critical evaluation. [D5, D6]
9.7 Preparation of lesson plans and teaching materials.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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