CHEM40860 Chemistry Outreach: Development and Practice

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module, designed for postgraduate students, introduces them to the subject of outreach, whereby they learn how to interact with and disseminate basic chemistry knowledge to the general public. Importantly, this module teaches postgraduates how to build and present public presentations and chemical demonstrations. In particular, postgraduates will have a chance to visit local Dublin area secondary or primary schools and present their research to a young audience. Moreover, in group session work, discussions on the public’s ideas and attitudes towards chemistry are examined. Finally, an outline of how to utilize basic outreach concepts to construct a positive public image is given.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

• Understanding the public image of chemistry through popular media.
• Developing effective communications skills, both through presentation and interaction.
• Building presentations for different audiences.
• Designing and running chemical demonstrations for schools.
• Identifying hot topics within chemistry.
• Building a public profile.
• Constructing and analyzing public attitudes through surveys

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Conversation Class




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
In this module, you will undertake outreach development and practice activities. Activities will take place in-person and online. You will take part in School of Chemistry, College of Science and UCD open days, recruitment events and information sessions.
A significant part of the course is to prepare informative content for Leaving Certificate-age students, covering areas of the LC curriculum. Students will be expected to undertake individual research in outreach strategies and in group delivery of activities. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:


Learning Exclusions:


Learning Recommendations:


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Reflective piece covering the learning objectives met Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Attendance: Taking part in in-person and/or online outreach public events. Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


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, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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