School of Computer Science

Module 06-30235 (2018)

Teaching Computer Science in Schools (Extended)

Level 4/M U

Achim Jung Semester 2 20 credits
Co-ordinator: Achim Jung
Reviewer: Volker Sorge

The Module Description is a strict subset of this Syllabus Page.


The module is the implementation of the national Student Ambassador Scheme by the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. Its design follows closely the recommendations and guidelines of the UAS. The module will reward students with course credit for working as a ‘student-tutor’ with teachers in local schools and help them develop some valuable transferable skills. Students will learn important, marketable and transferable skills of benefit to them in employment and in life, specifically:

  • Organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Addressing the needs of individuals
  • Time management skills
  • Working in a challenging and unpredictable environment
  • Staff responsibilities and conduct
  • The ability to improvise
  • Giving (and taking) feedback
  • Handling difficult and potentially disruptive situations
  • Public speaking and communication skills
  • Team-working
  • Standard teaching methods

Students will gain experience of working in a professional educational environment and will learn about the key issues affecting school education today. They will have the satisfaction of making a positive impact on the education of pupils of all ages and the chance to act as a role model for your subject. It is a chance to put something back into the community by sharing knowledge and helping to motivate young people and raise their aspirations towards science. They will develop confidence in answering questions about their own subject and in devising appropriate ways to communicate a difficult principle or concept. They will develop communication skills and gain a better understanding of their own level of expertise.

For those of who are interested in teaching as a profession, this will be an opportunity to explore whether it is a path they want to pursue. They will learn to devise and develop computer science projects and teaching methods appropriate to engage the relevant age group.

The module will involve:

  • Undergoing a Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check prior to entering the classroom
  • Being paired with a specific teacher at a local school who will work with students to identify their aims and objectives for the term
  • Spending ½ day a week in school for 10 weeks, developing a role within the classroom
  • Presentation and interview
  • 11 training sessions
  • Completion of a Special Project (agreed with the teacher)


The aims of this module are to:

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the needs of individual learners in a computer science classroom
  • use standard teaching techniques
  • develop interpersonal skills, appreciate staff responsibilities and demonstrate communication skills
  • prepare lesson plans and teaching materials at an appropriate level
  • gain a deeper insight into a particular area of computer science education by working on an individual project


Note 1 There is a limit on the number of students allowed to take this module.

Teaching methods

Students will be working alongside a teacher in a local primary or secondary school. There will be introductory sessions and ongoing tutorial support. University contact hours will be 13.

Contact Hours: University contact hours will be 13, plus additional support outlined above.


Sessional: continuous assessment (log book) (20%), continuous assessment (report of 2000 words) (30%), continuous assessment (presentation) (30%), continuous assessment (assessment by Teacher and moderated by Module Coordinator) (20%)

Supplementary (where allowed): Not permitted

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