module specification

ED7142 - Negotiated Study Module (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Negotiated Study Module
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 200
 
200 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 100%   Project report / academic paper
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year (Spring and Summer) North To be arranged -
Year North To be arranged -

Module summary

This module permits some negotiated study in an area of the participant’s (or identified group’s) choice, and is an opportunity for it to be largely self-directed. 

The focus of the module is negotiated between module tutor and participant(s).  It may be used as an opportunity
to further develop expertise in teaching and learning in the participant’s own academic discipline,
or any other aspect of teaching and learning in Higher Education that has not been appropriately
addressed in other programme modules.

 

Prior learning requirements

None

Module aims

Whilst many learning and teaching issues are common across higher education, particular issues may be pertinent to individuals or groups of individuals.  This module permits some negotiated study in an area of the participant’s (or identified group’s) choice, and is an opportunity for it to be largely self-directed.  The focus of the module is negotiated between module tutor and participant(s).  It may be used as an opportunity to further develop expertise in teaching and learning in the participant’s own academic discipline, or any other aspect of teaching and learning in Higher Education that has not been appropriately addressed in other programme modules.

Achievement of this module demonstrates that the learner has the equivalent conceptual understanding and, where appropriate, practical expertise, in the negotiated field, as would be required in any other module. In doing so, a n appropriate NSM would normally contain:
• an identification of the project;
• a literature review of the topic in question;
• critical discussion of the topic within a specific context;
• evaluation of the outcomes of the project and implications for future practice.

Syllabus

This is principally negotiated between the tutor and the participant.  However, the module will include an introduction which addresses:
• Negotiating and agreeing a suitable focus
• Understanding the tutor support available
• The use of the learning contract and log to monitor progress

Learning and teaching

Participants will study independently, under the guidance of a designated module tutor or tutors, and with the support of regular tutorials.  A learning contract will be negotiated and will form the basis of the assessment and log the tutorial support.

Learning outcomes

These are negotiated between the tutor and the participant and are stipulated in the learning
contract.  Indicative learning outcomes may include any of those listed below.
1 Demonstrate current knowledge and understanding of the focus of the study and in relation to
their own academic discipline.
2 Integrate current knowledge of educational issues and developments relating to teaching in
the area under study.
3 Critically evaluate knowledge and understanding of ways of organising teaching and learning
in the subject, for example: structuring of information, selection of tasks, relating to current
practice in industry and commerce, where appropriate.
4 Incorporate appropriate research practice within an agreed academic discipline or focus of
enquiry.
5 Critically engage with teaching/learning that is informed by recent research, whether the
candidate’s own or that of others.
6 Demonstrate the ability to propose, plan and, where appropriate, implement a development
particularly relevant to own academic discipline.
7 Identify clear and justified targets and strategies for current or possible future research activity
or enquiry.

Assessment strategy

Owing to the range of academic disciplines and their different working patterns, it is not feasible to suggest a single project that would be universally appropriate.  A choice might be made from the following:
• Development of a new programme of study or module to meet an identified need
• Investigating and developing links with industry and commerce
• Investigating and developing links with other academic disciplines
• Individualising the curriculum
• Investigating an issue such as: problem-based learning, the use of C&IT in learning, workplace learning,  supported self-study, the development of study skills, considering the implications for own academic discipline
• Evaluating an aspect of existing curriculum delivery

Bibliography

These are negotiated between the tutor(s) and the participant and will be stipulated in the learning agreement.