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Unit information: Core Unit 4: Further Planning and Teaching in 2015/16

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Unit name Core Unit 4: Further Planning and Teaching
Unit code MEEDM0004
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Ms. Tricia Thorpe
Open unit status Not open

Core Unit 1: Teaching, Learning and Assessing in the Health Professions.



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

Description including Unit Aims

Aims: This unit will provide learners with a thorough understanding of writing effective learning objectives and employing a challenging range of teaching methods.

It will also incorporate elements of the programme’s three vertical themes:

- learning technology in teaching & learning

- evaluation of the effectiveness of teaching and of courses 

- respect for equality and diversity

Description: This unit will build on and develop elements of the core unit Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions”. It will focus on your skills in writing learning outcomes/ objectives and competencies. It will also extend your knowledge of varied teaching methods and how to choose appropriate methods for your learning objectives as well as how these relate to educational theory.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit, learners should be able to:

1. Explore the theory and practice of objectives, competencies and learning goals.

2. Explore a range of teaching methods in relation to the evidence base for teaching and learning.

3. Incorporate relevant learning theory into your own practice.

Teaching Information

Teaching methods will be drawn from a wide range of approaches including: small group styles, lecture, discussion, debate, presentations, case studies, role play, interactive whole-class teaching, tasks which apply new learning, video critique, distance and e-learning elements.

Assessment Information

1500-2000 words or equivalent in other media.

Summative: a critical analysis of a teaching session with reference to educational theory.

Formative: group and individual feedback plus online activities.

Reading and References

Harden RM (2002). Learning outcomes and instructional objectives: is there a difference? Med Teach, 24(2):151-5.

Neary M (2002). Curriculum Studies in Post-compulsory and Adult Education, Cheltenham, Nelson Thornes: chap. 6 ‘Understanding Competencies and learning outcomes’.

Petty G (2009). Teaching Today: a practical guide, 4th edn. Cheltenham, Nelson Thornes.

Petty G (2009). Evidence Based Teaching, 2nd edn. Cheltenham, Nelson Thornes.

Bligh D (2000). What’s the Use of Lectures? San Francisco, Joshey Bass

Jaques D (2000). Learning in groups. 3rd ed. London: Kogan Page.

Bayley T and Drury M (1998). Teaching and training techniques for hospital doctors, Abingdon, Radcliffe Medical Press.