EDM185-Teaching and learning in healthcare

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Prof Richard Harris
Email: r.j.harris@reading.ac.uk

Module Co-convenor: Prof Helen Bilton
Email: h.o.bilton@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to provide healthcare practitioners with an overview of approaches to teaching that support effective learning. It explores what is meant by learning and provides an overview of learning theories that are necessary for underpinning approaches to teaching. In turn, this supports an understanding of how to deliberatively plan for learning, examines different cognitive and affective obstacles to learning, and how teaching, learning and assessment should align.

It intends to support the development of good educational practice in the workplace and to get students to reflect critically on their own and/or other’s educational practice. 


  • To introduce key theories about learning and to relate these to practice

  • To develop knowledge of a range of pedagogical approaches 

  • To introduce the principles of effective planning and assessment

  • To develop your practical skills as a healthcare educator 

  • To develop students as reflective practitioners, who are able to manage their professional development

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Identify key theories about learning and to relate these to practice

  • Identify a range of pedagogical approaches and choose appropriate teaching approaches to support learning 

  • Explain the principles of effective planning and to apply these in the design of sessions

  • Implement and develop practical skills as a healthcare educator 

  • Recognise good practice in the assessment of learning and apply appropriate means of assessment

  • Show a reflective approach to their professional development and identify targets to support their future development 

Additional outcomes:

Through the module students will develop a number of transferable skills including:

  • Critical peer discussion and peer evaluation 

  • Experience of collaborative learning 

Outline content:

  • Theories of learning

  • Exploring values, attitudes and beliefs in relation to learning

  • Principles of planning

  • Pedagogical approaches 

  • Approaches to assessment

  • Making learning inclusive, accessible and challenging

  • An introduction to reflection on teaching and learning

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Contact time will be through three intensive days of teaching. Sessions will model good practice and will make appropriate use of lecture-style presentations, discussion and group work. Sessions will be based around social-constructivist principles of learning, and will utilise students’ own experiences of learning and teaching. 

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 91
    Wider reading (directed) 27
    Advance preparation for classes 27
    Preparation for tutorials 1
    Preparation for presentations 3
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 3
    Essay preparation 27
    Reflection 1
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Portfolio 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Portfolio consisting of a total of 4000 words plus a session plan (in an Appendix): 

There are two elements:

  1. 2 x 1000 word reflections on a teaching/learning experience (50%)

  2. 1 x 2000 reflection/critical analysis for a session plan + session plan (in an appendix) (50%)

Formative assessment methods:

Opportunities for formative feedback are provided through group discussion and peer evaluation.

Penalties for late submission:

The below information applies to students on taught programmes except those on Postgraduate Flexible programmes. Penalties for late submission, and the associated procedures, which apply to Postgraduate Flexible programmes are specified in the policy “Penalties for late submission for Postgraduate Flexible programmes”, which can be found here: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/files/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmissionPGflexible.pdf
The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Students must achieve a 50% overall aggregate mark

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmissions must be submitted within one calendar month of the notification of failure.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: 

Where applicable, core textbooks recommended for student purchase may cost around £20 to £30 per module; there may be other books/resources which you would find it convenient to buy. Some books may be available second-hand, which will reduce costs. A wide range of resources to support your curriculum, including textbooks, more specialist studies, and electronic resources, are available through the library.

2) Specialist equipment or materials: 

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: 

4) Printing and binding: Printing and photocopying facilities are available on campus at a cost per A4 page of £0.05 (black and white) and £0.30 (colour). Essential costs in this area will be low as most coursework is submitted electronically.

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: A computer would be needed but nothing additional is needed

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: 

Last updated: 20 December 2021


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