University of Dundee

Innovative Teaching Award

11 Oct 2006

On 11 October 2006 Linda Morris and Nick Brewer were awarded the Honorary Graduates' Award for Innovative Teaching. Linda and Nick redeveloped the chemistry course and received the award for "Making first year chemistry modules a foundation course for Life Sciences students".

Prior to 2003, first year chemistry modules had a high railure rate, low attendance and little relevant to the Life Sciences degree programmes, part from Single Honours Chemistry. The introduction of a new degree programme in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, incorporating research strengths and specialities of the College led to the re-examination of all aspects of the course. A more interactive teaching style was established which allowed question and answer sessions and provided students the opportunity to self assess and gauge their progress, which reinforced their learning. Full use was also made of teaching technology - VLE "My Dundee" and Questionmark Perception - to increase the range of resources available to students. The changes to the course led to an improved exam performance and increased retention rate of students into years 2 and 3 while giving Life Sciences students the grounding in chemistry they require to study any science.

The award was established in 1994 by Dr J McPherson, a well known honorary graduate of the University, to recognise and reward innovation and excellent in any aspect of teaching within the University.