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Postgraduate Course: Fundamentals of professional education: beyond competency (MEED11031)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh Medical School CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to important concepts within professional education. It considers the educational theory which underpins professional education and examines currently employed models. The analogies of education both as a product and process are considered. The course is designed to allow students to make explicit links to their own professional area, conceptualising professional education as beyond the competency focus of many vocational undergraduate degree programmes. Developing the adaptability required when applying professional knowledge to new and complex situations.
Course description The course will be delivered online to a wide range of working professionals who have an interest in teaching.
Design and delivery will focus on building an academic community and allowing students to share experiences, establish shared understanding and make explicit links between the academic learning and their professional workplace. A variety of theoretical lenses will be employed to critique professional education policies, environments and practices.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Online Activities 65, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 83 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) There will be two formative assessments which will be compulsory. The formative assignments will be posted on discussion boards to allow others in the cohort to view and comment on them. These will form the basis of the summative work which will be weighted 100%. The summative assignment requires the student to critique professional development within their own context and suggest how it should/ could develop. A workbook will be provided that the students can complete as they progress through the course and will form a proforma for the assignment (3,000-4,000 words).
Feedback Feedback is an on-going dialogue between staff and students. Specific and detailed feedback will be given on the two formative pieces of work (which will include peer feedback from other students on the course). This feedback will consider the content of the work, but also on the construction and presentation of academic arguments.
The summative work will be marked with intext comments and an audio recorded summary.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate formal and informal processes in professional education.
  2. Develop educational approaches that consider individual differences, including background, beliefs, motivation and preferences.
  3. Critically reflect on a range of theories of learning and their capacity to analyse and inform professional practice.
  4. Critique the role of the professional educator in formal and informal learning situations.
  5. Appreciate the impact and importance of the professional learning environment.
Reading List
The main texts are: Developing Professional Knowledge and Competence. Michael Eraut (online access:
The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action. Donald Schon (online access:
Practitioner research and professional development in education
Anne Campbell, Olwen McNamara & Peter Gilroy (online access:
Other books and journal articles will be added as the course proceeds.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Enquiry and lifelong learning
Aspiration and personal development
Outlook and engagement
Research and enquiry
Personal and intellectual autonomy
Personal effectiveness
KeywordsProfessional education,multidisciplinary,criticality,reflection
Course organiserMrs Gillian Aitken
Tel: 0131 242 6536
Course secretaryMrs Femke Morrison
Tel: (0131) 242 6385
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