Postgraduate Course: Course Organisation and Management (EDUA11177)
|Moray House School of Education
|College of Humanities and Social Science
|Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area
|Other subject area
|Taught in Gaelic?
|This unit option aims to provide existing and aspiring course organisers with an opportunity to identify and critically analyse what is entailed in managing and leading an undergraduate or taught postgraduate course unit in contemporary higher education. The unit will be concerned with mapping and examining key roles, responsibilities and skills; reviewing practices and strategies for communication and interaction within and across the course team and with students; planning, implementing and reviewing changes designed to enhance course effectiveness; and with the challenges that arise in organising and managing particular kinds of courses. The introduction of classical and more recent notions of 'leadership', 'management' and 'administration' early on in the course provide a background and framework for understanding key concepts, help refine participants' thinking, and inform and enhance their discussions and independent information-gathering exercise. In the second part of the course, some key readings on 'course review and enhancement' and 'the management of change' in HE are similarly utilised.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learn enabled: No
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 14,
Online Activities 1,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 8,
Formative Assessment Hours 4,
Other Study Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|On completion of the unit, participants will have:
- dissected and appraised the main roles and responsibilities associated with course organisation and management
- reviewed and evaluated some key organisational and managerial challenges
- sought systematically to enhance their understanding of the expertise which these challenges call for by researching the realities of course organisation and management in their home departments, and the realities of course organisation and management presented by courses of different kinds; and
- sought systematically to enhance their analytical and communicative expertise which these challenges call for
|Participants are invited to interview a small sample of experienced course organisers in their own or cognate subject areas about their work, and draw appropriately on the literature to present an analysis of key challenges they have engaged with in sustaining and enhancing course quality. Subsequently, participants discuss and analyse the outcomes of their work in small groups and present their group's combined findings in the form of a 20-minute oral presentation in a course conference that is organised separately for the participants of this course, and this presentation is complemented by a summary handout (1-2 sides of A4) of their interview notes analysis submitted by each participant /presenter.
A pass in this course is contingent on participants demonstrating:
&· an appropriately questioning approach to the relevant conceptual and empirical literature;
&· the ability to reflect on and evaluate current practice in the organisation and management of courses and programmes of study in research-intensive settings in different disciplinary areas;
&· an appraisal of how course organisation and management can engage with student diversity and enhance the quality of learning.
|Pre-course reading, in-course reading and follow-up reading as well as assignment preparation complement face-to-face teaching/learning activities to a total of 100 notional effort hours.
|Dr Miesbeth Knottenbelt
|Miss Emily Salvesen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6661
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