Programme units

The programme consists of 60 credits. You can choose from seven available 15-credit options.

New for 2020/21 semester one is an ‘Internationalisation of higher education’ unit. Details will be added shortly.

Please note, we will follow University guidance on unit provision as this develops.

Semester one

Teaching, Learning and Assessment in the Higher Education Context

How do teachers in the higher education context approach and execute their practice and what are the needs and role of administrators in supporting them?  The aim of this unit is not simply to provide instruction on different theories of teaching and learning; rather, it is to lead participants to review their own practice and approaches, to evaluate how they connect with students’ needs, and to consider the role of assessment, feedback and support as instruments in this process. 

Teaching and Learning with Technology

The course unit will develop knowledge of the history and current uses of technology to support teaching in higher education.

It will explore a number of developments and terminology looking at online, blended and mobile learning. It will frame this against our understanding of both face-to-face and distance learning. It will explore methodology and pedagogies that have been suggested to have particular relevance to online practices and consider the role of context, content, activities and modes of delivery.

It will look at moves away from the transmission of ideas to practices that construct knowledge and consider autonomy and independence. It will also consider the nature of the digital generation and their expectations about how they should learn. It will look at how online materials are created and the decision making process for choosing how to create learning opportunities.

It will make use of the Humanities e-Learning Development model as a process approach to the development of courseware and review a number of different digital technologies considering their applicability for teaching and learning.

The Changing Landscape of Higher Education

Investigate how Higher Education is changing, and how university staff contribute to and position themselves within that change. Among the topics covered are developments and shifts in HE, nationally and internationally; fairness in admissions; funding mechanisms for HE, including student fees; and the role of HE as a private and public good.

Semester two

Assessment and Feedback

Assessments are core components of effective teaching and learning, and meaningful assessment has a strong influence on learning. Explore current methods and directions in medical and human sciences, both formative and summative, and consider assessment theory in terms of concepts such as validity, reliability, transparency, professional accountability and generalisability.

Independent Higher Education Research Unit

Investigate one relevant area of Higher Education - whether local, national or global – in detail. For example, you might reflect critically on your role and place within the university, or you may seek to understand students’ HE experience in the round and your own contribution towards it.

Alternatively, you may wish to demonstrate a critical understanding of wider issues relating to access, governance or professional identity. A key aim of the unit is that participants produce something of use to themselves and/or their institution.

Open Knowledge and Higher Education

This unit examines the context, contribution and constraints of openness in higher education.

In collaboration with participants and guest speakers, we will explore key questions regarding the role of open knowledge in a higher education environment as it applies to both research and teaching and learning agendas.

Through contributing to the unit's open educational resource participants will engage in networked open practice to further the conversation in this changing environment.

For the unit's publication, please see https://medium.com/open-knowledge-in-he.

The Local Academic Culture of Higher Education: a ‘Practice Research’ Approach

Explore the culture and practices of your own department - including local approaches to teaching and learning; academic research culture and support; departmental and institutional policy interpretation – and critically examine a theme of your own choosing relating to your own professional interests.

The opportunity to share ideas and insights with colleagues from across the University has been priceless.

You can structure your learning and assessment around your current working practice and duties.

The PGCert is a genuine personal development opportunity that causes much valuable self-reflection.

Jennifer O'Brien / Lecturer in Human Geography