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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM904: The Academic Professional

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits60 ECTS Value30
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (2 weeks), term 2 (2 weeks) and term 3 (2 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Anna Mountford-Zimdars (Convenor)

Professor Sarah Dyer (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


This module is for academic professionals who teach or support learning in a research-intensive university. Drawing on relevant research, and your own professional experience, this module will locate your professional practice and development within the wider context of UK HE policy, education and research, as well as the more local institutional contexts and priorities which will shape your professional career development. It is designed to complement your work and to develop a supportive community amongst academics who are relatively new to the University. Together we will explore, critically and creatively, a range of ways in which we can enable students in our research-led university to learn effectively. Examining the values and practices of a changing higher education sector, we will focus on a range of research-informed themes, including: how students learn; teaching methods; designing effective teaching sessions and modules; assessment and feedback; and the quality of the student experience within HE. You will work with colleagues to identify areas of interest in the higher education debates and literature, and in your own practice, which will become the focus for your assignments. Recent teaching experience within higher education in the UK and current responsibilities in education (at least 100 hours during the duration of the Programme) at Exeter are pre-requisites for study.

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