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Unit information: Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning in 2021/22

Unit name Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning
Unit code MEEDM0037
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mr. Burnett
Open unit status Not open

Any health care professional who must be in a current teaching role.



School/department Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit serves as an introduction to the TLHP Certificate course. It aims to support learners in developing skills in planning, delivering and evaluating their own and others’ teaching based on a critical reading of theory and literature within the field. It also aims to introduce the learners to current issues in Teaching and Learning and to support and promote reflection and criticality in this area. Finally, it seeks to develop skills in academic writing within the discipline of Education.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Design and plan teaching and learning for varied audiences and settings taking account of educational theory and literature
  • Deliver and/or support effective teaching and learning in diverse situations and reflect on the outcomes
  • Evaluate teaching and learning in the light of educational theory and reflect on teacher development to support their own and others’ practice
  • Demonstrate criticality towards educational literature and theory
  • Develop skills in writing within the academic discipline of Education

Teaching Information

There will be a mixed method approach consistent with current best practice. This will include presentations by course tutors, large and small group discussions, workshops and teamwork, paired activities, presentations by participants with structured feedback and demonstrations.

Assessment Information

Assessment will entail the production of varied texts and/or items in other media, contributing to an overarching, programme-level portfolio assessment, employing the concept of the 'patchwork text'.

Each unit will have required items and types of texts to be produced at stated times within the framework of the unit and others will stretch across the entire Certificate permitting learners to demonstrate how they are connecting key concepts and synthesising the material. This provides a more appropriate assessment for the development of understanding and skills in a course where reflection on progress parallels a critical approach to theory.

This unit:

Formative assessment - reflection on learning, teaching and micro-teach session. Successful completion of formative assessment is necessary to progress.

Summative - a written assessment of 2500 - 3000 words. This contributes 100% of final grade for this module.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.