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Postgraduate Course: Understanding Student Learning and Studying (EDUA11270)

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 descriptionAgainst the backcloth of consideration of the distinctive aims and outcomes of higher education, this unit provides a critical introduction to contrasting approaches to conceptualising learning and studying at university level. The perspectives surveyed are drawn from grounded and phenomenographic studies of students' experiences of learning and studying, cognitive psychology, subject-centred perspectives on threshold concepts and 'troublesome' knowledge and undergraduate learning as participation in discourse communities. More recent and alternative perspectives on conceptualising student learning, emphasising notions of power and difference, will be juxtaposed to these four dominant perspectives. Throughout the course the assumptions various perspectives make about students' motivation to learn will be explored and critiqued. The course focuses on what insights can be gleaned from these differing perspectives that can inform day-to-day teaching-learning practices.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Understanding Learning and Studying (EDUA11178)
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
On completion of the unit, programme participants will have:
- acquainted themselves with the principal conceptual frameworks and perspectives deployed in understanding learning and studying in higher education
- reviewed the implications of discipline and subject differences for undergraduate learning and studying
-examined the possibilities and limitations of these frameworks and explored alternative models of understandings student learning that focus on differences among learners
- explored and critiqued the assumptions various perspectives make about students' motivation to learn
- drawn critically upon different conceptual perspectives to enhance their grasp of learning and studying in their own discipline or subject area

Assessment Information
Focusing on a first-year course unit in their own subject area, participants draft a set of guidelines alerting the course team for the unit to the likely differences between the students enrolling in that unit in how they go about their learning and perceive what is expected of them academically. The guidelines should also incorporate suggestions as to how teaching-learning practices in the unit could be enhanced such that they are better attuned to the student cohort, while still being realistic for a research-intensive setting. The guidelines should draw appropriately on student learning research literature relevant to the subject area and what is known about the prior knowledge, educational experiences and backgrounds of the incoming students. Target length 2,000-2,500 words.

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Course organiserDr Velda Mccune
Tel: (0131 6)51 4083
Course secretaryMiss Emily Salvesen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6661
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