ARCT41100 Grad Teaching Assist in Arch

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module introduces postgraduate students in the School of Architecture to the theory and practice of teaching in the undergraduate setting. It is specifically designed for students who are actively engaged in the role of Teaching Assistant (TA) within one or more modules offered across the School of Architecture. The module will introduce and support a range of skills, including small-group teaching, the development of assignments, and student assessment. In addition, students will be given an introduction to the relevant literature and strategies within teaching and learning (both generic and architecture specific), and they will learn to apply these ideas to their own teaching. More generally, participants in this module will be able to enhance and hone their skills as University-level instructors. As such, it is a valuable resource for professional development.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes:On completion of this module, a participant will be able to:1. Demonstrate a firm understanding of how to facilitate small-group discussions in an undergraduate setting;2. Have a firm grasp of how to design and assess graded components in undergraduate modules;3. Understand the relationship between assessments in undergraduate modules (for example, written essays and examinations) and the learning outcomes associated with them;4. Take responsibility for critiquing and assessing undergraduate work;5. Demonstrate a familiarity with the relevant literature in teaching and learning, especially material that directly relates to the discipline of Architecture;6. Demonstrate an awareness of UCD, College and School policies and procedures that impact on their role as a Teaching Assistant.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:

The key approaches in this module include task-based learning (in the form of creating supervision strategies for teaching undergraduates), and reflective learning (in the form of a journal). 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Participants should be postgraduates who are in an active teaching role within the UCD School of Architecture. At the discretion of the module coordinator, a student from a different School within UCD may be permitted to enroll.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Each student is assessed through one-to-one supervisions Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Each student receives continuous feedback through supervisions.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

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