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EDUC40520: A discipline-specific project on learning and teaching

It is possible that changes to modules or programmes might need to be made during the academic year, in response to the impact of Covid-19 and/or any further changes in public health advice.

Type Open
Level 4
Credits 20
Availability Not available in 2023/24
Module Cap
Location Durham
Department Education


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Excluded Combinations of Modules

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  • The aim of this module is to offer practitioners the opportunity to enhance their own practice. The vehicle for achieving this aim is a project focused on a selected aspect of academic practice as identified by individual participants in consultation with the PGCert course team. Ideally the outcomes of this project would be recognised as contributing to an understanding of the student learning experience, to the teaching or assessment of subject matter, or to the design or evaluation of learning materials in whatever form. Teaching in this context includes postgraduate supervision and learning similarly includes the process of research-as-learning. In terms of scholarship, the outcomes of the project, and perhaps the design of the project itself, would be expected to contribute to best practice in the discipline.


  • The formulation of a suitable project, its content, and its practice focus will be negotiated between the practitioner and the PG Cert Course Team. The form of the project may, for example, be based on a self-contained piece of action research, a threshold concepts analysis of a course, the trialing of new teaching methods based on variation theory, or a critical literature review of best practice and its implementation in a subject or disciplinary context.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:

  • Reflect on, and critique their own professional practice. A demonstration, where appropriate, of the progression of their academic practice, or the practice of the department. A demonstration, where appropriate, of the application of underpinning theory.

Subject-specific Skills:

  • The production of texts (for example, papers, book chapters) or materials (for example, text- or web-based) that demonstrate proficiency in a key aspect of their academic role as university teachers.

Key Skills:

  • These, where present, will depend on the nature of the project.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • There is no taught component in this module. The learning that takes place will derive from the findings of the project, and a consideration of their impact on practice at either a personal, or departmental level. Since this module is project based, and to do with the scholarship of learning and teaching, it is anticipated that participants will require an element of supervision from the programme team, both in the initial conceptualisation and refinement of the aims and outcomes of the project, and in its methodology.
  • It is not possible to stipulate in advance, in a decontextualised sense, how much contact time will initially be needed to establish the content and methodology of the project. Neither is it possible to similarly stipulate in advance the frequency and duration of discussions as the project progresses, or anticipate how much specialist input including formative comment will be required. It can only be stated each project will be supported by the programme team or, (as appropriate) a designated member of the programme team, who will be responsible for tracking the progress of the project within agreed upon time lines, and that individual participants can expect a minimum of four hours and a maximum of eight hours of such supervisory contact time.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Individual supervision4 - 8 
Project work192 - 196 

Summative Assessment

Component: Summative AssignmentComponent Weighting: 100%
ElementLength / DurationElement WeightingResit Opportunity
Written summary of teaching related project3,000 words100 

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will be provided as, and when, required within the agreed upon timelines and structure of the project. This formative assessment will take the form of written feedback and face to face discussion on, for example, draft outlines of the conceptualisation of the project, the methodology to be followed, and interim progress reports.

More information

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