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MEDI6218 Teaching the Teachers to Teach

Module Overview

Many of our postgraduate students teach their subjects, and pass on their knowledge to their peers and to students with no formal training. This module aims to offer you the knowledge and expertise to enable you to design, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching sessions and courses for medical and health professionals. It will enhance your skills to critically reflect on your educational activities

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Develop practical, generic skills in teaching and assessment underpinned by an understanding of educational theory • Develop competent and confident reflective practitioners capable of developing and evaluating their own teaching and learning in order to facilitate high-quality learning by others. • Explore and evaluate issues related to the design and delivery of teaching and learning within discipline specific situations • Explore and evaluate the purposes of assessment and limitations of different assessment methods

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Discuss, informed by educational theory, the strategies which can be employed to facilitate individual learners.
  • Explore a variety of teaching methods and evaluate their effectiveness where appropriate
  • Appraise the purpose of both assessment and evaluation.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Compose and communicate ideas effectively to a range of audiences
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Design appropriate intended learning outcomes for your teaching sessions
  • Develop and deliver a range of teaching and learning activities that align with your intended learning outcomes.
  • Design and deliver formative and summative assessments that are aligned with your intended learning outcomes
Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically appraise and reflect on your individual teaching approach.
  • Identify and assess, through reflection, initiatives to benefit your teaching practice.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching session in facilitating quality learning


Teaching • A background to pedagogy, including writing aims, learning outcomes and the use of constructive alignment • What is effective communication • Groupwork - how to work effectively in a group, and how to construct effective groupwork activities • An introduction to different teaching methods • Designing and delivering teaching activities • Critical appraisal of own teaching practice • Appraising the purpose and effectiveness of different assessment methods • Design and deliver an assessment activity • Understanding the importance of reflection in becoming an effective educator Transferrable Skills • IT skills • Referencing • Communication skills • Oral presentation skills • Reflection

Special Features

The module will be taught by an international faculty, at the forefront of their respective academic disciplines and professions. Adult learning methods will be used throughout and an emphasis placed upon interactive learning, practical demonstration and the interpretation of clinical scenarios to reinforce learning

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of learning and teaching methods will be adopted to promote a wide range of skills and meet the differing learning styles of the group. Specialist lecturers from a range of academic backgrounds will be used to ensure a breadth and depth of perspective is offered, giving a good balance between background theories and principles and practical advice. The techniques will include seminars, practical demonstrations, opportunities to put into practice teaching methods discussed via delivery of micro teaching sessions to different audiences, opportunities for self and peer assessment and critical appraisal of own practice.

Independent Study220
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Biggs J. & Tang C (2011). Teaching for Quality Learning at University. 

Waring, M & Evans, C (2014). Understanding Pedagogy: Developing a critical approach to teaching and learning Routledge. 

Butcher C, Davies C & Highton M (2006). Designing Learning: From Module Outline to Effective Teaching. 

Useful Journals. Medical Education Medical Teacher

Fry H, Ketteridge S & Marshall S (2002). A Handbook for Teaching & Learning in Higher Education: Enhancing Academic Practice. 


Assessment Strategy

The assessment for the module provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes. There will be two summative assessed components, i) individual teaching reflection and ii) individual conference presentation. The pass mark for the module and all assessed components is 50%. If you do not achieve the pass mark on this module by achieving 50% or more in all components, you may still pass by compensation. To do this, you must achieve a qualifying mark of 40% on each assessed component. Each of the component marks is then combined, using the appropriate weighting, to give an overall mark for the module. If this overall mark is greater than or equal to 50% you will have passed the module. If your overall mark is less than 50% when the weighting has been applied to the components, you will have failed the module. If you have not achieved 40% or more on all components, you cannot use compensation and have failed the module. If you have failed the module, you will have the opportunity to submit work at the next referral (re-sit) opportunity for all components where you have not achieved the pass mark. Marks for components which were passed will be carried forward. You must achieve the pass mark in all referred components. On passing your referrals, your final module mark will be capped at 50%. Students are not normally permitted to repeat the year.


Group Micro-Session Pitch


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Conference Presentation  (300 words) 70%
Individual Teaching Reflection  (1500 words) 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Conference Presentation  (300 words) 70%
Individual Teaching Reflection  (1500 words) 30%
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