CHEN40490 Teaching Assistant in CBE

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module is designed to support the professional development of graduate students in Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering who are actively engaged in a teaching role (i.e. laboratory demonstrator and or module tutor) within the UCD School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering. The module will consist of 3 elements:
(1) an introduction to the practicalities of demonstrating/tutoring, including preparation for relevant experiments/laboratory work and laboratory safety;
(2) coverage of theoretical approaches to learning and assessment;
(3) a professional element, requiring that participants display a suitable standard of preparation, punctuality, presentation and safety awareness.

Participants will apply some of the basic generic and discipline specific skills in their teaching. They will be expected to engage in a scholarly discussion with their peers on best practices in teaching and learning with reference to their discipline and teaching environment. They will be encouraged to self-assess based on feedback from their peers and/or their students and encouraged to take responsibility for judging the quality of their module. Administrative competence will also be expected with regard to timely marks entry and custody of laboratory notebooks, which are effectively examination documents.

Module participants must be registered/about to register for a Masters/PhD degree in Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering and must be in an active teaching role.

This module is graded on a Pass/Fail basis, with a Pass mark of 50%.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, a participant will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of and critique the principles, relevant policies and techniques of teaching and learning in relation to his/her own practice and subject area.
2. Critically evaluate his/her own teaching and learning approaches and their impact on learners and how they learn.
3. Take responsibility for planning teaching and learning activities to encourage student engagement in learning and the achievement of specified learning outcomes for each session.
4. Take responsibility for evaluating his/her own performance based on feedback from a variety of sources (student, peer, laboratory supervisor) and demonstrate willingness to change approach to demonstrating in light of this feedback.
5. Demonstrate administrative competence, with reference to delivery and assessment of the relevant teaching and learning activity.
6. Understand the relationship between the design of a practical session and the learning outcomes associated with it.
7. Demonstrate an awareness of UCD, College and School policies and procedures that impact on his/her role as a Teaching Assistant and discuss their implications for his/her practice.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Learning in this module will take place via student led engagement with online material as well as face to face workshops 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Participants must be graduate-level students, actively engaged in a teaching role within the UCD School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
UTL40230 - Intro to Univ T&L for Tutors

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered

Not yet recorded.

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
• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.