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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM288: Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

How this Module is Assessed

In the tables below, you will see reference to 'ILO's. An ILO is an Intended Learning Outcome - see Aims and Learning Outcomes for details of the ILOs for this module.

Formative Assessment

A formative assessment is designed to give you feedback on your understanding of the module content but it will not count towards your mark for the module.

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Engagement with online activities and discussion forumShort weekly contributions (1,000 words equivalent1, 3-7Online feedback from peers and tutors; generic feedback during sessions
Microteach to peers/ academic/professional services staff, followed by a discussion1,500 (equivalent)1-3Oral feedback from peers and written feedback from observer

Summative Assessment

A summative assessment counts towards your mark for the module. The table below tells you what percentage of your mark will come from which type of assessment.

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

...and this table provides further details on the summative assessments for this module.

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio comprising Parts A, B and C100Written feedback by tutor on portfolio cover sheet
Part A: A reflective essay critically evaluating your role in teaching, supporting students and/or assessment0Part A: 2,500 words4-9
Part B: An ASPIRE Fellowship Application 0Part B: 3,000 words1-3, 7-9
Part C: Two peer observations of practice, one by the participant and one of the participant0Part C: 1000 words3-7
Part D: A teaching log list experience of a minimum, normally, of 50 hours of teaching and/or student support in higher education0Part D: 500 words1-2


Re-assessment takes place when the summative assessment has not been completed by the original deadline, and the student has been allowed to refer or defer it to a later date (this only happens following certain criteria and is always subject to exam board approval). For obvious reasons, re-assessments cannot be the same as the original assessment and so these alternatives are set. In cases where the form of assessment is the same, the content will nevertheless be different.

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
A 7,000-word portfolio, as detailed aboveResubmission of element(s) from the original portfolio that require amendments as detailed in the assessment and feedbackIn the applicable combination of 1-9 1 week from the receipt of feedback for minor revision; Major amendments can only be submitted at the next assessment submission deadline, approximately 6 months from the original submission deadline