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Postgraduate Course: Designing Courses (EDUA11180)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis unit focuses on the design and development of courses, particularly but not exclusively at undergraduate level. It includes consideration of the vertical and horizontal relationships of courses with the rest of the curriculum and students' programmes of study. Emphasis is also be placed on the challenges for students in engaging fully with course content and processes, and how design decisions can enable the structuring and scaffolding of effective student learning.

The course gives participants the opportunity to critically examine key issues which arise and need to be resolved when designing new courses or redesigning existing ones. They develop a keen awareness of the underpinning theoretical considerations and their implications for practice. At the same time the requirement to apply their knowledge and understanding by working with the development of a particular course sharpens participants' appreciation of the affordances and constraints of contextual features, and encourages them to develop creative responses to real-life challenges.

Participants are encouraged to expand their repertoire of strategies and practical approaches by moving outside their familiar frameworks and engaging in investigation and discussion across disciplinary boundaries. The course also helps advance participants' ability to communicate in appropriate ways to peers, senior colleagues and students the underlying rationales for choices made between competing possibilities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Full Year, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 14, Online Activities 1, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 8, Other Study Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 74 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Successful completion of the course will enable participants to demonstrate:
- analytical engagement with key issues and writings on course design and development
- alertness to students' perspectives, their orientations and the challenges they face
- critical reflection on course purposes and their articulation, with course activities and assessment - both conceptually and within specific contexts
- awareness of ways of monitoring, reviewing and taking forward course development
- appropriate attention to the place of a course in an overall programme of study and
issues of progression
Assessment Information
The coursework assignment requires participants to consider, in greater depth and within the context of a specific course in their own disciplinary area, some of the key challenges and practical issues that need to be addressed in the design and/or redesign of courses. They will apply the knowledge and understanding gained during the course and through further enquiry and engagement with relevant literature by undertaking one of two possible tasks.
Special Arrangements
Pre-course reading, in-course reading as well as assignment preparation complement face-to-face teaching/learning activities to a total of 100 notional effort hours.
Additional Information
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Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
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Course organiserDr Janice Mcarthur
Tel: (0131 6)51 6674
Course secretaryMiss Emily Salvesen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6661
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