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Unit information: Course Design in 2015/16

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Unit name Course Design
Unit code MEEDM0008
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mr. Atkinson
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 aims to equip the learner with the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake course design and curriculum development.

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 is intended for anyone who is or who hopes to be involved in course design within higher education and/or health education. It aims to complement units on planning and teaching and on assessment. We will consider: the need for curriculum development, topic analysis, course evaluation and quality assurance, along with key underpinning concepts.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

1. Understand key concepts in course design and apply these within your own teaching.

2. Discuss the design and planning of programmes of study.

3. Be able to critique and 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: complete and justify an outline proposal in relation to relevant educational theory.

Formative: group and individual feedback plus online activities.

Reading and References

Baume C and Baume D (1992). Course design for active learning. Sheffield: CVCP Universities' Staff Development and Training Unit.

Biggs J and Tang C (2007). Teaching for Quality Learning at University, 3rd edn. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill.

Forsyth I, Jolliffe A and Stevens D (1999). Planning a course. London: Kogan Page.

Gibbs G (1992). Teaching more students - 1: Problems and course design strategies. Oxford: Oxford Centre for Staff Development.

Miller AH (1987). Course design for university lecturers. London: Kogan Page.

Moon J (2002). The Module and Programme Development Handbook. London: Routledge Falmer.

Ramsden P (2003). Learning to Teach in Higher Education, 2nd edn. London: Routledge Falmer.