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Unit information: Contemporary Perspectives on Learning in 2021/22

Unit name Contemporary Perspectives on Learning
Unit code EDUCM5918
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Brownhill
Open unit status Not open

Introduction to Educational Inquiry



School/department School of Education
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit explores how learning has been constructed over time and in particular examines some contemporary socio-cultural concepts of learning. It develops a series of conceptual lenses with which to analyse particular models of teaching, curriculum design, assessment modes and educational management approaches. It draws heavily on participants' professional working contexts to both anchor and illustrate the ideas developed and to use these to critique real practice.


The principal aim of this unit is to link theories of learning to an exploration of how learning and teaching are constructed, ‘delivered’ assessed and managed at institutional and individual level.

It also aims to develop students’ skills in research and scholarship as well as develop their skills in marshalling and organising information and observations within an extended piece of writing.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to demonstrate evidence of:

  • An extended knowledge of theories, concepts, issues and key arguments that shape particular constructs of learning.
  • Knowledge of the relevant literature in the core areas of study
  • The ability to compare, contrast and critique different models of learning
  • The ability to apply the conceptual frameworks developed in the unit to an analysis of individual and collective practice in the management of learning;

Teaching Information

This unit will be taught using a blended approach consisting of a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities including seminars, lecture-based input, reading, reflection, presentations and group discussions

Assessment Information

A 10-minute audio-recorded individual presentation that applies a theory of learning to understanding a specific learning experience. (ILOs 1,2,4) (50%)

A 2000 word essay that compares two theories of learning in a critical analysis of a specific learning experience (ILOs 1-4) (50%)


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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.

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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.