EEEN40530 Teaching Assistant in EECE

Academic Year 2019/2020

This module gives graduate students in the UCD School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering a grounding in the principles and practice of university teaching and laboratory demonstration. The module is specifically for graduate students who are actively engaged in the role of Teaching Assistant within the School of Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering.

Participants in the module will be introduced to the practicalities of laboratory demonstrating, including preparation for relevant laboratory work and laboratory safety. In addition, they will be given an introduction to relevant works in the teaching and learning literature (both generic and discipline-specific), and they will learn how to apply these ideas in their own teaching. They will learn to assess/critique their teaching based on feedback gained from their peers and/or their students. They will be encouraged to take active responsibility for judging and indeed, helping to maintain, the quality of their module's laboratory assignments.

Module participants must be registered/about to register for a Masters/PhD degree within the School of Electrical & Electronic and Engineering and must be in an active teaching assistant role.

This module is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

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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 a firm understanding of the technical content of the laboratory, and an ability to anticipate as well as to react to students' problems in the lab;
2. Demonstrate a familiarity with some of the key relevant literature regarding teaching and learning, both generic and specifically within the field of Electrical & Electronic and Engineering;
3. Take responsibility for evaluating their own performance based on feedback from a variety of sources (student, peer, laboratory supervisor) and demonstrate a willingness to change their teaching practice in light of this feedback;
4. Understand the relationship between the design of a laboratory session and the learning outcomes associated with it;
5. 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:
A combination of tutorial sessions, practical work and peer feedback. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Participants must be graduate-level students who are in an active teaching role within the UCD School of Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering.

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

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Various assignments Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 2, 10, 12 Tues 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 4, 5, 6, 7 Tues 09:00 - 10:50