EDMAP1-Introduction to Academic Practice

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Mr John Knight

Email: j.f.s.knight@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module aims to provide students with an overview of teaching and supporting learning in higher education. It aims to support students in developing effective and reflective approaches to professional practice in their contexts.

It enables students to provide evidence of achievement at Descriptor 1 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UK PSF) through demonstrating an understanding of specific aspects of effective teaching, learning and support methods.

Through engaging with the course content, students will be encouraged to apply and share their knowledge and understanding of theory and practice, and to reflect on their practice as appropriate.

•To develop an understanding of how students learn
•To introduce good practice in the main aspects of designing and planning sessions
•To develop your practical skills as a teacher and/or supporter of learning
•To introduce good practice in the main aspects of evaluating and assessing learning
•To introduce pedagogic theory and understand how it applies in practice
•To develop awareness of approaches to student support and guidance, and the existing expertise and support systems available
•To encourage a reflective approach to professional development
•To provide opportunities to engage with the UK Professional Standards Framework at Descriptor 1

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module students should be able to: • design a tailored learning session for a specific context • identify and explain pedagogical decisions and design related issues • apply relevant pedagogic theory to their practice • critically evaluate their teaching practice in response to feedback • identify appropriate methods of support and guidance for their learners and themselves • demonstrate engagement with the UK Professional Standards Framework at Descriptor 1  • demonstrate the general presentation skills required at level 7 (M level)

Additional outcomes:
Through the module students will develop a number of transferable skills including:
•sharing experiences and networking with colleagues across Faculties
•providing peer-evaluation and feedback online
•taking a holistic approach to continuing professional development, considering all aspects of the role

Outline content:
•Familiarisation with The UK Professional Standards Framework (UK PSF) at Descriptor 1
•How students learn, both generally and within their subject/disciplinary area(s)
•Designing and planning learning at individual session level,
•Evaluating and assessing the effectiveness of learning, for example, through student feedback and marking of formative and/or summative assessments.
•Developing effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Contact time is primarily through two intensive blocks of workshops across two terms. The sessions are underpinned by pedagogic theory and will include a balance of input, discussion and practical activities. They are interactive in nature and build upon students’ prior knowledge. Students will experience first-hand some of the approaches they are considering for their own students.

Issues involved in discipline-specific teaching/support roles are considered through group discussion, individual reflective tasks and the assessment task. Students are also supported through the module by individual tutorials with a discipline-specific mentor.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 1 1
Practicals classes and workshops 10 10
Guided independent study: 39 39
Total hours by term 50 50
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
The assessment for this module consists of an observation of teaching and subsequent reflection informing the design of a learning session submitted in the form of a session plan and accompanying written reflective rationale of no more than 1,500 words including reference to the relevant Dimensions of the UK PSF.

Formative assessment methods:
Opportunities for formative feedback are embedded throughout the programme through group discussion, and peer evaluation. You can also arrange for a one-to-one discussion with your discipline-specific mentors and APP Tutor.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:

Re-submission of written assignment within three calendar months of the date results are released.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
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3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 11 December 2019


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