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A34PCD Principles and Practice of Curriculum Design and the Educational Environment
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  • 2.1 OR pass at MBBS • Degree is in a medical or allied healthcare professions discipline subject and/or sufficient associated work experience • Students on the MMEdSci, PGDip and PGCert Medical Education courses. • PGCHE students • Students proposed as suitable by the Head of School of Medicine

Taught Semesters:

SemesterAssessment
Autumn Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: None.

Corequisites:  

MnemTitle
A34PAF Principles and Practice of Assessment and Feedback 
A34PTL Principles and Practice of Teaching and Learning 

Summary of Content:  This module introduces students to the principles of curriculum design and environmental structuring described in the broader literature from education and psychology as applied to a medical or healthcare professions education context. The module explores individual values and beliefs about the curriculum and the learning environment in a medical or healthcare professions education context. The module investigates the way in which the values, beliefs and assumptions held by teachers, together with the expectations of learners, influence the design, development and delivery of the curriculum, including the ‘lived’ experience of students.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Seminar 1 weeks2 per week8 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Observation 1 x 4-8 hours Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Practical 50 2500 words Design a curriculum map for a novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient or expert learner around a subject-specific area of interest, using best practice principles or a theoretical framework with an explanation to support your rationale 
Assignment 50 1500 Based on the peer-observation of a microteaching session, critically evaluate the way in which learning environments can be structured to promote effective learning 

Convenor: 
Dr R Patel

Education Aims:  The aim of this module is to develop the knowledge, skills, values and desirable behaviours of students in the expert roles of a teacher – planner, information provider, assessor, facilitator and role model.

Learning Outcomes:  
Learning Objectives: In a medical or healthcare professions education context, students will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • The way in which the curriculum design principles influence the educational philosophy and inform the delivery of education across the continuum of medical or healthcare professions education
  • The influence stakeholders such as the profession, the public and patients on curriculum design in a medical or healthcare professions education context including the various drivers for change from a policy perspective
  • The way in which curriculum design is a process of defining and organising; content; teaching and learning strategies; assessment processes; and evaluation processes
  • The way in which the structure of the environment as well as institutional culture and norms influence the ‘lived experiences’ of learners in the classroom or clinical workplace
  • The influence of the learning environment on modifiable ‘learner’ factors such as motivation and perception of relevance
  • The way in which the environment of the classroom or clinical workplace can be structured to consolidate previous learning experiences and facilitate the learning strategies of individuals to create an optimum climate for learning
  • The ways in which to make expert observations in the classroom or clinical workplace for supporting judgements in the evaluation of educational activities or curriculum programmes
    Learning Outcomes:
    By the end of the module, students will be able to:
  • Critically apply relevant theories to the curriculum design of novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient or expert learners in a specific medical or healthcare professions sub-specialty
  • Critically evaluate the structuring of learning environments created by peers in a classroom or clinical workplace context

    Offering School:  Medicine


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