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MEE8073 : Understanding Programmes of Learning

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: School of Medical Education
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•To introduce students to the principles, theories and practices of curriculum design
•To enhance their ability to design and plan sequential learning experiences
•To provide a framework for considering quality assurance and enhancement for educational interventions within different contexts

The focus for this module is the principles, theories and practices around programme design. Within this module, rather than conceptualising teaching as units of activity (see ‘Teaching and Learning in the Classroom’), the focus is on planning sequenced educational interventions delivered over time. Students will be introduced to the essential elements of programme design and related curricula theory. Whilst formative evaluation and assessment are covered in ‘Teaching and Learning in the Classroom’, this module will focus on summative procedures, and accepted doctrine (such as competency-based assessment) will be critiqued.

Outline Of Syllabus

Theories and principles in programme and curricula design
Planning sequential learning experiences
Designing coherent and well-aligned programmes of study
A framework for considering quality assurance and enhancement
Overview of common assessment methods used in medical education
Strategies for increasing the reliability, validity, transparency, feasibility and educational impact of assessments.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Preparatory work on assessment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading36:0018:00Asynchronous activity delivered over 3 strands
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Preparatory work before strands
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Post strands
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study178:1578:15Supported by an online discussion forum
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time32:006:00Small group discussion online and virtual classrooms. Prep required
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time32:006:00Sychronous activity delivered over 3 strands.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time11:451:45Group tutorial to help prepare for assessment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The pre-course reading, done prior to the strands, will introduce the students to key concepts, theories and principles of programme design. These concepts, theories and principles will be explored in the strands and provide the foundation for completing the assignments.

The strands will contain a mixture of facilitator input, informal feedback, student–led online group activity, learner synchronous presentations, structured workshop activities (e.g. sequencing learning experiences and mapping programmes), and critical reflection using a facilitated online discussion forum.

In the e-learning activities, and in order to complete the assignment, students will be required to read and engage with relevant literature and select a programme from their work context to map, analyse, critique and make recommendations. Once prepared, students will have online activities to offer the opportunity to revisit identified areas of difficulty and discuss their assignment. Following completion of their assignment students will receive feedback which will identify areas for development and they should use this to consider how learning from this module informs their role in developing programmes in the workplace.

Optional present-in-person study day (repeated and recorded online) will be offered. Although this is an online programme there may be an additional opportunities to attend optional on campus events. For any on campus opportunity an online equivalent session will also be offered.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2A100Programme Evaluation – An analysis & evaluation of a programme of their choice (3000 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Performance2MInformal formative assessment - Student participation online
Written exercise2MFormal formative assessment - complete draft curricular map & receive feedback on chosen curriculum and on map they've developed
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module outcomes are demonstrated by the student’s ability to critically appraise programme designs and relate predominant theories to practice.

Achievement of the knowledge and skills outcomes will be assessed formatively via student participation online. The outcomes will be assessed summatively through a written submission. The knowledge outcomes will be assessed by judging the student’s ability to recognise and critically appraise theories and principles that underpin programme design.

The skills outcomes will be assessed by judging the students’ ability to map, analyse, evaluate and make recommendations for the improvement of an existing programme of study from their educational context. This will include analysing and critiquing its coherence, assessment strategies and quality assurance processes. Assessment criteria will make explicit to students the ways in which they should demonstrate knowledge and skills outcomes through their written assignment.

Reading Lists