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Unit information: Curriculum development and course design in 2020/21

Unit name Curriculum development and course design
Unit code MEEDM0031
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Ms. Tricia Thorpe
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of the TLHP Certificate


To be actively engaged in or planning to be engaged in course design.

School/department Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This unit aims to introduce students to curriculum theory in order to develop their ability to critically apply educational literature and research to designing a course.

This will be of use to those who are already planning and running courses and to those who intend to be involved in curriculum development and designing courses. Courses can be taken to be anything from a one day course to a full curriculum. We will review current curriculum theory and as part of the assessment students will be able to plan or re-plan their own course.

Intended learning outcomes

· Explore curriculum theory in order to evaluate curriculum development and course designs.

· Describe a process for course design that includes student needs analysis, student engagement,

constructive alignment and programmatic assessment, taking into account current good practice in

educational design.

· Design a course taking into account and applying a critical review of relevant learning theory and


· Identify appropriate quality assurance measures to evaluate a course or curriculum.

Teaching details

Blended learning, including use of electronic tools and ‘live’ on-line group tutorials. Teaching will be based on best practice blended/on-line interactive teaching/learning, both synchronous and asynchronous and may include:* Group work* Discussion* Peer feedback

Assessment Details

Formative assessment will include: reflection on course design, presentation of scoping review,

contribution to group work on study days and online materials.

Summative assessment: Presentation on course design and written reflection on design process,

rationalising approach (3000 word equivalent).

Reading and References

Please refer to Blackboard site