P813: Developing and delivering a chemistry undergraduate laboratory course in China
Developing a laboratory course to deliver to undergraduate chemists abroad in China is great opportunity to use my laboratory skills from education and industry. The undergraduate students from China need to gain the required practical skills to enter our final year BSc course at Level 3 in Sheffield University. This talk will explain how the programme was developed in the UK to deliver at Nanjing University of Technology in China. Development needed to consider the curriculum and assessment, which needs to be the same as for the undergraduate courses in Sheffield. I needed to ensure the rigorous degree standards we adopt during the practical sessions should be the same for the Chinese students. The challenges for the course include questions; would the students be ready and attained the required laboratory skills to join the Sheffield group? The delivery will be in English, could I communicate with the students, would there be a language problem? Were the Chinese Laboratories well equipped with the same apparatus as in the UK? Currently Year 1 and 2 Chinese students have taken the laboratory course in China, the final year 3 is to be delivered in May 2014. The results will not be fully known until September 2014 when the Chinese students join the English BSc cohort and integrate for the final year of their degree.