Mathematics, Biology and Education (A) (MMS6)

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This programme is aimed at students who want to develop dual, but complementary, identities of mathematician/biologist and pedagogue in order to pursue professional careers as post-primary mathematics, biology and science teachers. We value, and therefore encourage our students to develop, indepth specialist content knowledge in mathematics and biology, which, when combined with strong pedagogical expertise, the skill of critically reflecting on practice, an appreciation and knowledge of educational research, and a commitment to professional development, enables students to develop, and continue to develop throughout their careers, strong pedagogical content knowledge. We value, and therefore encourage our students to foster, a growth mindset and constructivist approach to learning and teaching mathematics, biology and science, in order to be critically engaged professionals committed to inclusive, caring, innovative, enthusiastic and inspirational teaching. We seek to ensure that all students on the programme develop the leadership and collaborative skills to positively impact the quality of post-primary mathematics and science education in Ireland through classroom-based research and ongoing critical engagement with curriculum content. We aim to ensure that graduates are equipped to contribute, as professionals, to the wider educational goals of post-primary schools and ongoing developments within the broader education community. We aim to create a learning environment where students can develop their full potential as mathematician/biologist and pedagogue in a research-intensive environment with state-of-art facilities. School placements play an essential role in the learning experience and assessment methods include reflective writing, report writing, presentations, lesson study, microteaching, and the creation of a professional portfolio. By including school placements from year one, the learning environment will constantly encourage the student to connect mathematical, scientific and educational theory with practice. In addition to lectures, tutorials, and laboratories, many of the education classes are conducted in active-learning environments where students are encouraged to contribute to, and actively participate in, class. 

1 - Demonstrate an indepth, specialist knowledge of mathematics and biology
2 - Demonstrate an indepth knowledge of educational theories as related to mathematics and science education
3 - Demonstrate an indepth knowledge of educational philosophy, sociology, psychology, curriculum and assessment, and the Irish education system, and an awareness of how age, culture, and context play a role in students’ learning
4 - Apply a scientific approach – questioning, hypothesizing, testing, and evaluating – to problem-solving (K, S)
5 - Communicate and present mathematical and scientific ideas creatively in a variety of forms (e.g. oral, written, video) with confidence and enthusiasm
6 - Design and plan innovative, student-focused, content-based lessons, while remaining open to noticing and incorporating student thinking, and making in-the-moment decisions, in the classroom
7 - Manage a classroom in a socially equitable manner that encourages the formation of positive student identity and encourages student interactions and contributions
8 - Critically reflect on his/her practice and engage with educational research, in order to consistently take a “fresh” approach to teaching and developing professionally
9 - Inspire and motivate students of mathematics and science by being inclusive, caring, innovative, enthusiastic and inspirational teachers, who foster a constructivist, reform approach to learning and teaching, and motivate these students to reach their highest potential
10 - Inspire and scaffold students to a high level of engagement with learning as a holistic and life-long endeavour
11 - Recognise the importance of constantly engaging in professional development to improve practice, and use educational research as a lens to engage in reflective practice
12 - Engage positively with the mathematics and science community both inside and outside of educational sphere, and be positive role models as UCD graduates of mathematics and science.
Students who return failing grades in a trimester amounting to 15 credits, or more, will be identified under the UCD Continuation – Academic Progress policy. Students whose rate of progression and performance over two academic years is deemed unacceptable will be referred to the Governing Board to be reviewed for exclusion from the programme.

Students who fail to progress from the stage of the programme they are registered to for more than two academic years (except where a period of Leave of Absence has been granted for one of those years) will also be contacted under the Continuation – Academic Progress Policy.

As Stages 3 and 4 have the most dynamic components of the programme, and the material studied previously may no longer be relevant, a student who has been away from the programme for a significant period should be required to register again to Stage 3. The upper limit for completion of Stages 3 and 4 should be six years if they choose to do 120 credits with 20 in each year.
Stage 3

Students take 10 core modules. If students did not take MST20040 in Stage 2, they must take it in Stage 3.

Stage 4

Students take 8 core modules and 1 option module.

Module ID Module Title Trimester Credits
Stage 3 Core Modules
ENVB30010 Systems Ecology Autumn 5
MATH30340 Peer-Assisted Tutoring Autumn 5
MST20010 Algebraic Structures Autumn 5
MST30020 History of Mathematics Autumn 5
STAT20110 Introduction to Probability Autumn 5
ZOOL30030 Evolutionary Biology Autumn 5
EDUC30050 Schools and Society Spring 5
ENVB30100 Ecological and Environmental Microbiology Spring 5
MATH30390 Mathematics Pedagogy & Curriculum in Placement Spring 5
ZOOL30010 Functional Morphology Spring 5
Stage 3 Core Modules
Stage 3 Options - C)MIN0OF:
If not taken in Stage 2, students must take MST20040 in Stage 3. Students should take PSY10050 in Stage 3 or Stage 4
PSY10050 Introduction to Psychology Autumn and Spring (separate) 5
MST20040 Analysis Spring 5
Stage 3 Options - C)MIN0OF:
If not taken in Stage 2, students must take MST20040 in Stage 3. Students should take PSY10050 in Stage 3 or Stage 4
Stage 4 Core Modules
EDUC42180 Professional Placement I 2 Trimester duration (Aut-Spr) 20
EDUC42850 Teaching Science A Autumn 5
MATH40810 Mathematics Pedagogy for Classroom Practice Autumn 5
MST30010 Group Theory and Applications Autumn 5
MST30050 Complex Analysis Autumn 5
EDUC42840 Maths Pedagogy in Placement Spring 5
EDUC42860 Teaching Science B Spring 5
MST30070 Geometry Spring 5
Stage 4 Core Modules
Stage 4 Options - A)MIN1OF:
Students must choose one of the following options:
MST30020 History of Mathematics Autumn 5
MST30030 Financial Mathematics Spring 5
Stage 4 Options - A)MIN1OF:
Students must choose one of the following options:
See the UCD Assessment website for further details

Module Weighting Info  
  Award GPA
Programme Module Weightings Rule Description Description >= <=
BHSCI001 Stage 4 - 70.00%
Stage 3 - 30.00%
Standard Honours Award First Class Honours



Second Class Honours, Grade 1



Second Class Honours, Grade 2






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