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Unit information: Learning in 2021/22

Unit name Learning
Unit code EDUCD0094
Credit points 20
Level of study D/8
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Dr. Sue Timmis
Open unit status Not open




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

Description including Unit Aims

The unit will centre on developing understanding of the process of learning within a range of educational settings. The focus will be predominantly on socio-cultural perspectives of learning and how these relate to wider theoretical perspectives. The unit will allow participants to critically examine the relationship between teaching, learning and assessment within a range of educational settings as well as considering the two-way knowledge exchange between informal and formal learning. The substantive areas covered will include learning as mediated action, learning with new technologies and learning within institutional settings.


  1. to explore learning in the Vygotskian tradition and to critically apply these concepts to participants' own formal and informal contexts
  2. to develop understanding of learning in different educational contexts, including academic institutions, workplace and community
  3. to consider how to research learning and design appropriate plans, methods and stances in relation to inquiry
  4. to develop understanding of the role of mediated tools (including ICT) in learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a grounding in key sociocultural and CHAT principles and a working familiarity with the key theoretical texts in this field
  • Apply an increased understanding of learning in educational organisations to one’s own context
  • Understand the role of mediation, learning through interaction, scaffolded and peer-assisted learning and the significance of tools and technologies (including ICT and assessment)
  • Review critically research on learning in a variety of contexts and the methodological approaches taken
  • Develop pedagogical and methodological competence in facilitating the design of learning situations.

Teaching Information

The unit is designed to be student-focused with an emphasis on interactive and blended learning activities. Students will be encouraged and supported to reflect on and discuss the key ideas and issues raised by the unit in a variety of ways, using their own experience of teaching and learning to ground theoretical concepts. The will be taught using a blended approach consisting of a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous activities including lectures, reading, presentations and discussions. See pre-reading activities at the end for required preparation before the unit. There is an expectation that work will be undertaken independently between taught sessions.

Assessment Information

The unit is assessed by means of a 4,000 word written assignment that is designed to consolidate and extend learning. You should use the pre-readings and further readings from the unit and draw on the texts given in the reading list.


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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.